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Greece plans floating sea barrier to keep out refugees

Posted On: 10 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: Dezeen

Greece plans floating sea barrier to keep out refugees

Greece has been criticised for plans to erect a floating barrier of nets on the border with Turkey in the Aegean Sea to deter people crossing by boat.
Pylons will be sunk into the ocean floor to create a 1.1-metre-high wall of nets, with half a metre of the barrier above the surface of the sea. Flashing lights will top the 1.7-mile-long wall, which the Greek government has budgeted €500,000 to build.
Sea wall will pose danger to refugees
Human rights watchdogs have condemned the project. Amnesty International deputy director for research Massimo Moratti said the floating dam would target asylum-seekers and refugees and "lead to more danger for those desperately seeking safety".
"The plan raises serious issues about rescuers' ability to continue providing life-saving assistance to people attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Lesvos," said Moratt.
"The government must urgently clarify the operational details and necessary safeguards to ensure that this system does not cost further lives."
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