Saturday, November 25, 2006

Con el coyote no hay aduana

The Mexicans might have serious reservations about the wall the gringos are erecting along a stretch of their shared frontier, but the Greeks have placed actual minefields between themselves and Turkey, which have so far claimed the lives of over 70 illegal immigrants.

Al Jazeera had a piece this morning about two Moroccans in Athens that had lost limbs attempting the crossing.

Most of the mines are decades old, and the Greeks, as signatories to relevant international conventions, have agreed to remove them. This will take them at least another five years and they are meanwhile replacing the anti-personnel mines with anti-tank mines, which apparently they are allowed to do.

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