Greece defends sound cannons to deter migrants | Europe up to date | D.W.

Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi defended this Wednesday (06.09.02021) the use of sound cannons on its border with Turkey to deter migrants, a “strange” and questionable practice, according to the European Commissioner for Home Affairs , Ylva Johansson .

Greek police reported the previous week the placement of two sound cannons south and north of the Evros River, the border with Turkey and the entry route used by many migrants. “I think it’s a strange way to protect their borders,” Johansson told a press conference in Brussels after a meeting with Mitarachi.

“It’s not something that has been funded by the European Commission. And I hope it’s in line with fundamental rights, it needs to be clarified,” the Swedish commissioner for the European Union executive said. , who the previous week expressed his “concern”.

The issue of these guns, which emit painful sounds at high intensity, was not discussed during the meeting with the Greek minister, who dealt with the situation of around 10,000 asylum seekers currently on the Greek islands and construction of new land to accommodate them.

Asked about these weapons during the joint press conference, Mitarachi refused to address “the operational problems which concern the Greek police”. “Our position is to use technology in a way that does not violate international law” to protect borders, he said. “Everything we do must be efficient and respectful of European regulations”, he added, specifying that he was ready to “provide information at a technical level”.

The Greek police acquired this state-of-the-art equipment after the flow of migrants that occurred in February 2020 when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he would let migrants wishing to join the European Union through.

These tools, denounced as dangerous by human rights organizations, can emit a sound of up to 162 decibels, while a normal conversation has an average of 60 decibels and a jet about 120, according to the chain of Skai Greek television. (AFP)

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