MIGRANTS in Turkey have accused Greek police of forcing them to strip off their clothes and of beating them, leaving them stranded on the border.
TRT, the Turkish state-owned broadcaster, published images of shirtless migrants with scars on their backs huddling around a fire at the Greek border.
According to TRT, some migrants claimed that Greek police were repelling them with “military stuff” which was described by the broadcaster as a ‘site of violence by Greek security forces’.
The pictures published by Turkish media showed some of the migrants warming themselves around a fire last night after they were allegedly forced to strip off by police.
Some of the images show multiple large red scars across their backs.
Over the course of this week, Greek police have fired tear gas, stun grenades, and water cannons to repel people from trying to cross the border but they deny claims that they have wounded or killed migrants.
One migrant said that the Greek police “forced us to take off our clothes” while another held up a grenade allegedly thrown by Greek authorities.
Other migrants at the border are blaming Turkish president Recepe Tayyip Erdogan after he gave them false hope of a new life in Europe by allowing them to leave Turkey for Greece.
Erdogan’s move to “blackmail” Western leaders over the war in Syria has seen thousands of migrants heading to the Greek border in an effort to reach the EU.
Most migrants have since turned back.
“We don’t know what is happening. We are like toys to them,” said one migrant, Mohammad Omid.
“We are like a ball to them. Everyone passes us to this side and the other side. I don’t know what will happen to us.”
This comes after claims from Turkish officials on Wednesday that a migrant was shot dead and five others were injured.
The claim stated that Greek border officials opened during violent clashes at the land border.
But the Greek authorities immediately issued a strong denial of any g8unfire and labelled the claims as “fake news.”
Reporters on the Greek side of the border heard what sounded like gunfire and the sounds of an ambulance.
On Tuesday, harrowing footage showed parents helping their choking kids after tear gas was fired at them.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat has warned migrants that the idea of an open border was “false” and that “people should not try to move there.”
He continued: “I want to send a clear message – don’t go to the border. The border is not open.”
Turkey’s foreign minister has claimed that more than 130,000 people have crossed into Greece since February 27, when Erdogan finally opened the border.
On his return from a summit with Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Erdogan signalled there would be no changed to Turkey’s policy.
“We don’t have time to discuss with Greece whether the gates which we opened are now closed. That business is over.”
“Our gates are open. The refugees will go as far as they can. We are not forcing them to leave.”
In 2016, Erdogan agreed to keep nearly four million refugees in a deal with the EU which he has now abandoned.