Land Border Sealed, Greek Police Chief Says

EU Observer, December 27, 2012

A chief of police in a border town in northeastern Greece says irregular migrants are no longer crossing into the country from its land border with Turkey.

Barbed-wire fences, landmines, thermal night vision cameras and regular patrols are among the tools used to stop a phenomenon the Greek state considers a national security threat.

Some 55,000 people were detected attempting to wade across the Evros River into Greece from Turkey in the region in 2011.

The figures have now dropped to near zero, says Pashalis Syritoudis, director of police in the run-down Greek border village of Orestiadas.

“In July 2012 we had 6,500 illegal migrants who passed the border. In August, we had only 1,800. In September, only 71 illegal immigrants, in October only 26 and now there are none,” he told EUobserver on 22 November.

Orestiadas is six kilometres west of the Evros river on the Greek-Turkish border.

It is home to a large number of Greek police officers, military personnel and staff from the EU’s Warsaw-based border control agency, Frontex.

From his modest office at the police headquarters, Syritoudis oversees border operations in a jurisdiction that covers an 80-km-long stretch of the Evros river as well as the 12.5-km-long land border with Turkey.

He says the trend stopped since Greece launched Operation Xenious Zeus in early August.

Migrants are now targeting the more treacherous sea crossings near Lesvos, Sumos, Symi and the Farmkonis islands instead.

“We have given a very clear message to the facilitators [migrant smugglers] and their source countries in North Africa and other countries that Evros is no longer an easy passage to enter Europe,” Syritoudis noted.

Further south in a three-star hotel in Didymoteicho, Greek border guards take a rest from their shifts on patrol.

One officer, who did not want to give his name, told this website that his unit apprehended a young man from Pakistan in the winter whose hand had frozen solid.

“We had to cut off his hand. He told us to send him back, that he was now useless to his family. We felt sorry for him, not because he lost his hand, but because he was no longer a value to his family,” he said.

He said he had also seen pregnant women and young girls trying to cross the river. In one case, a Pakistani woman had a baby on the road just 10 days before crossing the river.

“You begin to understand that things must be terrible for them to take such risks and I really feel for them but at the same time we feel unnerved, unsettled by their presence and numbers. We are terrified by this invasion,” the officer said.

Land mines lurk in Greek village

Further south still, outside Syritoudis’ jurisdiction, the remnants of a decades-old conflict remain buried beneath the soil of rural villages.

A skull and crossbones marks the entrance to a tiny road that leads to Gemisti, a small Greek village just a few metres away from the Egnatia A2 motorway where lorries queue to enter Turkey.

Behind the sign, buried in the thick brush, are anti-vehicle mines.

They are a legacy from the second world war and the 1946—1949 conflict in the Western Macedonia and Epirus regions in northern Greece.

But they also killed over 100 people trying to get through the strip between 1998 and 2008, says Geneva-based Landmine Monitor.

Greece signed a convention in 2005 that prohibits the use, stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel mines as well as obliging signatories to uproot and destroy any mines left in their domain.

But the land in the Gemisti region is still deadly.

“They [migrant smugglers] would lead the migrants through the fields to clear a way. They would lie to them and say it was safe,” an elderly lady—who runs one of the two village cafes and who declined to give her name—told this website.

The same story was repeated in Peplos, another village a few kilometres from Gemisti.

“Many times the Turks would tell the migrants to walk through the mines and some stepped on them . . . When we found them, we would call the military to come pick up the bodies,” Michalis, an elderly farmer, said.

The Greek military did uproot almost 30,000 antipersonnel mines in 57 sites along the Turkish border in 2009, but left behind ones which are designed to be detonated by heavy vehicles such as tanks.

“The majority of casualties occurred at the border between Greece and Turkey [102], two at the border with Bulgaria, and the location of four remains unknown,” the NGO, the research arm of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, told this website in an email.

Who were they?

Most of the dead people were Iraqis. But the nationalities of almost half were never properly identified.

Greece has not recorded any casualties since 2008, but Landmine Monitor said “there is a fair possibility that the data collection is not complete.”

Meanwhile, a 2012 report declassified in April by the Greek ministry of defence notes that barbed wire has been added to keep people out of almost all the minefields in the border region.

But it added that migrants become victims because they are led by smugglers to the border along the River Evros at night and then instructed to ignore mine fences and markings.

“Sometimes they are even aided in cutting the wire and led into minefields,” the report said.

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  • Puggg

    The article forgot to credit Golden Dawn.

    • lily-white

      this will help…

  • falsedawn

    This is a bunch of baloney. Unless Golden Dawn is able to take over the government one way or another, the numbers will go back to where they were and higher.

    • mendells-selection

      simmer down there Spanky!!!! It is a positive step, Golden Dawn is influencing policy even when they aren’t in power. Let the Eurotraitors try to open the border up again, they will probably be swinging from lamp posts and tree branches before the sun rises again. Times are going to get real bad, economically, and people will not be putting up with this stuff anymore.

  • David Ashton

    Comment from:
    “This scepter’d isle,
    This fortress built by Nature for herself,
    Against infection and the hand of war…
    This precious stone set in the silver sea,
    Which serves it in the office of a wall
    Or as a moat defensive to a house….”

    Waking up too slowly as usual, England’s “Con Party” pundit Bruce Anderson writes (London “Daily Telegraph”, December 28): “There are millions of people who believe that the country is in danger of going to the dogs because successive governments have overridden sensible people’s fears [which he lists]…. They were convinced that uncontrolled immigration would undermine the quality of life…. With the Channel, nature’s checkpoint, to assist us, we should be able to create an immigration system that serves the national interest.”

    Airports, seaports and beaches can be controlled as well as land-frontiers, but Cultural Marxists do not recognize a “national” interest, and their “equality and diversity” notions
    are now officially imposed on “the island race”.

  • The__Bobster

    Funny how this has worked for Israel and Greece, yet the enablers of the squat monster invaders say it could never work on our border. I’m all for it, especially the landmine part.

    • TeutonicKnight67

      “We are terrified by this invasion,” the officer said.

      Unlike the fools in THIS country who continue to stick their heads in the sand. The current surge in gun sales indicates an awakening American public however.

      • Kiwi

        Uh no, just a fearful one. The time for awakening was the last election.

        • Eric Blair

          Fear is a sign of awakening.

  • mendells-selection

    “Land Mines”… I like the way they think!!!!!

  • NYB

    The problem exists because the Turks allow the illegals passage. A few years ago, a Frontex helicopter observed a Turk coast guard vessel guiding a smuggling ship into Greek waters.

    Muslims helping Muslims.

  • IstvanIN

    With biometrics we can save the DNA, iris pattern and finger prints of every illegal caught and deport them with the knowledge that if caught a second time in the US they would be executed. Then go about actually catching them, locking them up, adding them to the data base and finally returning them. Back a second time, curtains. If the country they left won’t take the back then execute those as well. Put troops on the border with a “no go” shoot to kill zone. We could have stopped this as well, but someone wants us dead and our nation destroyed.

  • lupin

    Surprised that anyone here is gullible enough to believe Greek policemen bragging about their own prowess. The story on this border is the same it has always been: collect a bribe, let them in, blame the Turks.

    • grknyc

      let me guess your a Turk

  • jackryanvb

    Greeks and Romanians tend to be solid, dependable on issues regarding Muslim invasions.

    I doubt Romanian folk hero Vlad the Impaler – Count Dracula ever had any Liberal/Libertarian problems with resisting mass Muslim immigration/invasions.

    Does Amren have any Romanian American readers who can make some suggestions on what to with the idiot, clueless Liberal/Libertarian political “leaders” in the Untied States?

    • Puggg

      No Romanian here, but some Ukranian runs in my family, if that’s close enough. And my recommendation for you, from what I’ve read of your AmRen posts and Occidental Dissent articles over the months and years, is to quit obsessing over a 0.1% demographic like they really matter that much. Ron Paul could die next month and you’ll still spend years bashing him and blaming both him and his followers as the pure cause of all our problems, when none of which could ever deliver Ron Paul any election win outside of his own congressional district.

      • jackryanvb

        You could use a bit more Ukranian in your family. Very, very few if any Liberal/Libertarian idiots in the Ukranian people.

        • Puggg

          My fault. I’m barking up the wrong tree.

      • jackryanvb

        Puggg writes:

        “Ron Paul could die next month and you’ll still spend years bashing him and blaming both him and his followers as the pure cause of all our problems”

        Jack responds:

        Not likely because old, race denying Libertarians never die…. they never die, they just go on and on and on and on, never winning anything at the national level, never even being competitive, constant rejection at the ballot box by poor and working class White Americans seems to have no effect on them. They still insist of endless TALK, TALK, TALK, talking of ending poor White American’s social security benefits, ending any government help with medical bills, they insist that they AND ONLY THEY know THE TRUTH – as their Libertarian free market truth will SAVE….


        Detroit and Haiti will supposedly be as prosperous as Switzerland and Singapore, once libertarian “free markets” are implemented. And all the 3rd world, Muslim immigration/invasions we regular White folks are terrified about, it supposedly won’t matter a bit; mass Paki/Arab Muslim immigration will be just great, actually help our gross national product, economic efficiency – so Muslim immigrants like Mohammed Ata and the chldren of Osama Bin Ladin – it will be not really very different than Nordic Swedes immigrating to Minnesota.

        Hey Pugg, could you maybe do us and the world a favor and take Ron Paul, Garry Johnson and any other remaining, race denying Libertarian American pols earning a D- or less on immigration from NumbersUSA – could you take these “World Saviors” to say…


        Somalia should be a Libertarian paradise – no government, no taxation, no government regulation, everybody running around doing whatever they want, armed with lots and lots of guns.

        Yep, Somalia is the place for race denying Libertarians. And here’s hoping National Geographic will do a follow up series on the locals reverting to human sacrifice, putting these Lib/Libertarian idiot White folks in big boiling pots and then

        eating them

        (I’ll send them some of my recipes)

        It will be very similar to what the Black Africans used to do to idiot, race denyin Judeo X’tian missionaries who tried to come

        save them.

        • Puggg

          Jack writes:

          Not likely because old, race denying Libertarians never die…. they
          never die, they just go on and on and on and on, never winning anything
          at the national level

          Puggg barks:

          This is why I, unlike you, don’t pay any attention to non-entities. Let ’em keep talking and keep never dying. Every time, they’ll come back to their usual 0.1% of the vote.

          Jack writes:

          Hey Pugg, could you maybe do us and the world a favor and take Ron Paul, Garry Johnson and any other remaining, race denying Libertarian
          American pols earning a D- or less on immigration from NumbersUSA –
          could you take these “World Saviors” to say…

          Puggg barks:

          No, because I’m not wasting one dime on these non-entities that don’t matter. Even if I wanted to, it’s not like they would learn the lesson we want them to or the lesson they should learn anyway. A hard core liberal would blame Somalia’s problems on the lack of high marginal tax rates, a hard core regular conservative would blame Somalia’s problems for a lack of Somalians listening to Rush Limbaugh, and Gary Johnson would blame Somalia’s problems on there not being enough Ludwig von Mises in Somalian libraries.

          You and I know the plain easy obvious answer.

          • Q.D.’s Axiom #63:

            Liberalism is a mental disorder, and so is conservatism. The real mental disorder is holding too tenaciously to any abstract ideology, when doing so is anathema to your individual or collective well-being.

            I guess I could amend that to including libertarianism and any other -ism, and to include the circumstance that one’s adherence to it precludes one from accepting the most obvious, simple and correct answer to explain a phenomenon.

          • Jackryanvb

            Very well said.

            I apologize if any of my comments seemed to be unkind to you. I see that you are a great kinsmen, who knows the score.

            Take care and keep the faith.

          • Puggg

            Let me jump aboard the apology train, with friendlier advice.

            British soccer leagues have something called relegation, in that a team that finishes poorly in the standings too often is bounced out of the league and demoted to the next worst league, and therefore is out of sight and out of mind. I don’t make fun of Ron Paul and pure libertarians for their race denial because in my mind, I’ve already relegated them. I worry more about the race-denying parties that get 40-something and 50-something percent of the vote, the Republicans and the Democrats.

        • Bobbala

          I think you’re confusing liberty with anarchy. The US Constitution was designed to protect individual liberty. Somalia has no such protection. The US is morphing into a New Somalia as the “new people” corrupt the meaning of it to be reinvented as championing group rights. If you’re not in the right group, you have no rights.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Vlad may have had complaints, but I imagine Mr. Tepes applied his usual remedy to his critics as well.

  • KenelmDigby

    Thank God that the Greeks have shrugged off their indifference and lethargy and have finally (at this 11th hour), started to take this dire threat to the White race seriously.
    It’s a pity that an economic crisis that has half-destroyed Greece forced them to do it.

  • mobilebay

    When are sovereign nations going to realize that when another country invades, it is an act of war and should be declared as such? Proper retalitation measures can then be taken. US administrations constantly ignore the Mexican invasion, instead touting that country as a friend. With friends like Mexico, who needs enemies?

  • Random Guy

    Building a system of border defenses is more feasible for a country like Greece than it is for the United States. Greece’s border with Turkey is only about 125 miles long while our border with Mexico is about 2,000 miles long–a completely different situation.

    I’m not saying we shouldn’t have border defenses or that they would be technically impossible here, just that it would be very difficult and expensive and probably wouldn’t solve the problem, just because of the sheer size of the country.

    For example, even if we did have a border fence with Mexico, illegals could still get in by taking maritime routes from western Mexico around Baja to the California coast. That would be the fastest way, but they could also get in through Canada and the eastern seaboard.

    Completely sealing off the US is a pipe dream. On the other hand, it’s not totally out of the question for a country like Israel because it’s so much smaller..

    The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to think that a lot of our problems stem from geography. For example, forming national political parties is a lot more difficult and expensive here because the country covers so much territory and the population is so huge..

    It’s a lot easier for a party like the Golden Dawn to come together and actually have an impact in a smaller country like Greece. In the US, if whites find themselves trapped in majority black neighborhoods or cities–or decaying states like California–the most efficient way for them to solve the problem, at least for now, is to simply relocate.

    After all, there’s no shortage of places to go, at least for now.

    • kjh64

      Look at the Great Wall of China? It is 4,000 miles long, twice the size of the US border and was built during the pre-modern era, the Middle Ages. It worked quite well in keeping invaders out. If the Chinese can do it then, we can build the 2,000 mile long wall now as well as put the military on our border. THAT would massively reduce illegals or criminals crossing in and the drugs and people smuggling. A wall alone wouldn’t do it but it would be up a big natural barrier making it easier for border control to apprehend. Combine that with a crackdown on employers/welfare/fraudulent documents so that people in this country illegally couldn’t find work or get welfare and would have a difficult time using fraudulent docs, end birthright citizenship, and make it know that any foreign national will be required to show proof of legality by the police if stopped. Do this and most illegals would go home and they’d stop coming.

      • There are people that get away with murder, even though you’d think that it never happens from watching prime time TV. That said, does this mean we not have laws against murder and prosecute murders when we find evidence of them? Of course we do, because doing so (hopefully) deters other murders from happening. Sure, to Random Guy above, it’s harder to secure a very long border than a short one, but that doesn’t mean you don’t try.

      • Random Guy

        I don’t know that much about Chinese history, but from I’ve read, the Great Wall was only intermittently successful at keeping the Mongols out and it definitely didn’t keep the Manchu out. They invaded and conquered the country after collaborators inside China opened the gates in a couple of cities for them. That’s the problem with walls in general. They’re only as secure as the people guarding them and in the United States, I’m betting that a lot of the people manning the wall would be Hispanics themselves. What would prevent them from simply opening a gate or turning off a section of the electronic border security systems? Nothing. As for cracking down on employers and changing the birthright citizenship laws, this would be the most effective way to reduce the economic incentive to cross over illegally, but I don’t see it happening. The Hispanic vote is too powerful now.

        • FourFooted_Messiah

          Well, wasn’t Rome felled by the barbarians within, too? The Great Walll is, in any case, not contiguous. There are some pretty big gaps between some sections.

          Canada has a problem with crooked, money-grubbing immigration lawyers, and immigrants in the immigration ministry, and in Parliament itself. Barbarians within the gates, waiting to open them when necessary. Hell, they already are doing that, by determining immigration policy, ultimately.

          And yeah, anchors away. The whole anchor baby idea should be abolished wholesale.

        • kjh64

          No, it’s true that a wall alone, as I said, won’t stop illegals even though it would make it harder to enter the US illegally. That would have to be done by other means too. The wall would stop a lot of the drugs smugglers and cartel violence as well as stopping a lot of people smugglers. As far as the Hispanic vote, in the last election, the Hispanic vote nationwide was larger but still a small percentage. If White voters as a whole were committed to stopping illegal immigration, they easily could. The only exception would be states like California. The problem lies with White voters not aggressively trying to stop it . Also, I live in Texas and some Hispanics who have lived here for generations ARE opposed to illegal immigration because they see what will happen if it continues. Also, some legal Mexican immigrants resent proposed amnesty because they went through the proper legal channels with great difficulty and resent illegals and also see that too many illegals threatens their jobs etc too.

      • saxonsun

        Hadrian’s wall–of course, the Romans were engineering geniuses but we can do it.

    • IstvanIN

      It would be feasible for us if we closed, say 500, our overseas military bases and put the soldiers on the Mexican border.

    • It will become feasible once we shut off the magnets that draw them here in the first place

  • Funny how liberals insist we cannot possibly deport 12 million illegal aliens but they are sure they can collect 300,000,000 firearms

  • That’s very nice – but what about the ones already there? They must be deported.

    Greece is at the crossroads between Asia and Europe. Israel is at the crossroads between Africa and Asia. Both have been motivated to take action against third-world invasions. With any luck, other countries will see the light and send those invaders back.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    Greece has never liked its neighbours, and with good reason.

    I think the Greeks are on the right track, and may be the harbingers of the Third World War (which wil consist mostly of widespread civil war and ethnic cleansing, rather than intra-country conflict, unless some meddling neutral force – like the US – gets involved on the wrong side, as it did in the Balkans)

    As for landmines, my only regret about them is that wildlife might be harmed by them. But in this case, you’d have to have a tank to set it off, and there are no elephants in Greece.

  • Bobbala

    This made no sense up until about 10 years ago …

    Daniel 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron,
    the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

    Daniel 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

    Daniel 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

    … which explains this.

    Daniel 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

    Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.