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AP: Greece plans floating barricade against migrants


Athens correspondent Derek Gatopoulos scooped even the Greek media with news that the Greek government plans to introduce a floating barrier to stop migrants from reaching the country’s islands from nearby Turkey. Gatopoulos noticed a mention of the floating barrier idea on a fringe website, then trawled through Greece’s labyrinthine online portal until he found the original document with technical details of the floating fence. He eventually managed to get official confirmation from the defense ministry even though the project still hadn’t been officially announced.

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Tombstones, seen Oct. 5, 2019 in a cemetery near the village of Kato Tritos, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, mark the graves of migrants and refugees who drowned at sea while crossing to the northeastern Aegean island from nearby Turkey. – AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris
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