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Blodgett News Analysis: Fed-Up Greeks Take Drastic Action Against Migrants

This news story was published on March 24, 2020.
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Todd Blodgett

(News Analysis by Todd Blodgett)

Angry citizens on the Greek border island of Lesbos jeered from the pier, at the boat, overloaded with Turkish migrants hoping to disembark on Greek soil.  Those aboard were young and middle-aged adults, a pregnant woman, senior citizens and small children. Guiding them were volunteers from an inter-national refugee organization, who steer migrants to nations which might accept them.  But the hisses and contemptuous glares didn’t prevent those would-be emigres from disembarking; it was the threats, backed up by guns and knives, wielded by Greeks who’ve had all they’ll take. 200 miles north, in the city of Evros, armed farmers, unemployed factory workers, pensioners, and college students – wearing heavy boots and dark clothing – marched, briskly, along back roads as part of a night patrol.  Routinely, they apprehend migrants crossing Greece’s land border with Turkey, and force them back. Fed-up, everyday citizens are taking matters into their hands, and no one is stopping them. In many instances, local police support and assist these efforts. In border towns, irate residents have formed civilian patrols to round up migrants; roadblocks are placed, preventing the invaders from reaching refugee camps.  Many have learned, painfully, that even attempting to stop these vigilantes can be dangerous. Aid workers and reporters have been physically attacked after assisting migrants. In 2015, when the Syrians arrived, the compassion and generosity for which Greeks are renowned resulted in warm welcomes for the newcomers. But now, it’s hit its limit.

As a lady named Fotini told The New York Times: “When the Syrians started coming five years ago, we gave them clothes, we cooked for them; we bounced their babies.”  But now, she said, “we can’t take it anymore. We want our lives back.” Fotini’s patience isn’t often evidenced in places like Lesbos – where, recently, locals violently assaulted the head of a United Nations refugee agency, and a German photo-journalist and a correspondent.  The victims of those assaults left days later. Few Greeks want such transplants replicating, in their country, the decrepit conditions of the third-world nations from where they came. Many migrants won’t assimilate, and can’t, because of the fundamental incompatibility of these peoples and cultures.  Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, condemned Turkey, saying, “Turkey has become an official trafficker of migrants to the European Union; Greece doesn’t accept this situation.” In retaliation, Turkey’s Interior Minister, Syleyman Soylu, urged Turks to cross into Greece from anywhere along the border, even at unauthorized points of entry.  Big mistake: the Greeks tear-gassed, shot and killed migrants on March 2, 2020, as they illegally tried to cross.

Turkey’s response to these efforts, called “pushbacks”?  Mr. Soylu announced on March 5 that Turkey would deploy 1,000 armed special forces officers, many with Zodiac boats, to fight such pushbacks.  Mitsotakis, describing “the problem” as “an asymmetric threat and illegal invasion of thousands of people that threatens our territory”, warned that Greece has “every right to protect our borders.”  If anyone thought that the Greek Prime Minster was bluffing, they were wrong. According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), on March 17, “Greek security forces and unidentified armed men at the Greece-Turkey land border have detained, assaulted, sexually assaulted, robbed and stripped asylum seekers and migrants, then forced them back to Turkey.”  On March 6, according to Human Rights Watch, large groups of Turks were involuntarily “returned” to Turkey, “injured, and almost naked, “after Greek security forces had beaten, robbed, stripped, and deported” them.

At official detention centers, these Turks and Syrians said, Greeks confiscated their cell phones, cash and luggage, before subjecting them to electric shocks.  Then, they said, they were beaten with metal rods, and punched, kicked, and stomped.

Women and children were among the migrants who were subjected to this treatment, according to the Human Rights Watch.  In one seven-day period, 38 incidents involving over 4,000 migrants transpired, with some of the pushed-back, would-be asylum seekers having tried, multiple times, to get into Greece.  These vigilante groups are becoming increasingly common, and violent. More and more frequently, Greek soldiers and police officers, and private security personnel working with these angry, determined, armed private citizens, are taking whatever action they want, to keep out those they don’t want.

Who can blame these Greeks?  Their culture, their economy, lifestyle, heritage – their very country – is under siege.  They’re simply not going to take it anymore. Not only is their government not stopping them; the Greek government condones these actions; soldiers assist local cops and private citizens in removing those that, to the Greeks, are undesirable.  The Wall Street Journal, The London Independent, and other publications, have released video of a Greek Coast Guard craft being maneuvered capsize a rubber raft with Turkish migrants aboard. As another Greek Coast Guard boat pulls up next to the raft, Greek sailors attack the migrants with long metal poles.

International journalist Borzou Daragahi wrote, “more than 117,000 migrants have crossed into Europe – but Greece says no more than 1,000” have made it into Greece.  That’s because the Greeks, now, are conveying to the world that trying to sneak into their county can be very unhealthy.

Americans who fear similar scenarios playing out in the near future, on US soil should consider what’s happening in Greece.  Armed US citizens could easily turn back far more illegal aliens, and even more efficaciously, than the Greeks who are now doing it.  After all, in the United States, there are more privately-owned firearms than there are Americans. Will a re-elected President Trump take the same position as Greek’s Prime Minister?  Would Trump either condone such draconian actions, and direct US law enforcement to leave such Americans alone, as they push back illegals? Would anyone be shocked if he ordered the US Border Patrol to assist with such private efforts?   Regardless of who wins the 2020 presidential election, what’s now happening in Greece could easily happen here, on US soil. How will Americans deal with these invasions? To obviate, or at least mitigate, such mayhem from being replicated here, Americans should support President Trump’s efforts to deport the illegals, protect our borders and build the wall.  That’s because inevitably, one way or another, Americans – like our Greek friends – WILL push back. It’s only a matter of how it gets done and who does it. Just ask Fotini.

Todd Blodgett in the Oval Office with Ronald Reagan, 1988
– Official White House photo

Todd Blodgett of Clear Lake served on President Reagan’s White House staff and on the 1988 campaign staff of Vice President George H.W. Bush.  He also worked for the Republican National Committee, and the FBI, in Washington, D.C.  His website is

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44 Responses to Blodgett News Analysis: Fed-Up Greeks Take Drastic Action Against Migrants

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2020 at 9:42 am

    North Iowa not Greece so what.

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      Todd Blodgett Reply Report comment

      March 26, 2020 at 10:14 am

      In reply to ‘Anonymous’: For most of its existence, no parts of Los Angeles even remotely resembled Third World countries – but now, they do.

      Do you want what’s now happening in Greece to occur here?
      This column is intended as a warning.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Is this why the left are (lawfully ?) closing gun dealers in the America down ?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Ask the North American natives how they felt when all those white faces landed on their shores? Todd just tell your orange god to tell his fascist pal in Russia to stop sending military bang-bang supplies to the dictator in Syria. How about referencing your info sources (probably Info Wars, 4 Chan, and the like)?

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      Todd Blodgett Reply Report comment

      March 26, 2020 at 6:18 am

      @ Anonymous – I referenced my sources: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Independent, and the Human Rights Watch.

      As to your other question: I’ve never met Mr. Trump, and haven’t ever even seen him in person.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 26, 2020 at 11:26 pm

        Where is a question of you ever meeting Trump? Your references seem fuzzy. You say nothing about my comments about Putin sending arms to the dictator in Syria that further causes people to flee there. Try writing about the cause of people leaving a country in a bloody civil war that leads to a boarder crisis in our countries. By the way, the Communist leaders in mainland China tried to hide the covid-19 outbreak. An honest Chinese medical doctor tried to tell everyone about the outbreak and was attacked by the national government there. That doctor later died from covid-19 while treating others infected patents. Call this the “commie flu”.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Turkey is over run with nearly 4 million Syrians. They have also provided a massive amount of $$ in aid to these people.

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    MCHS "79" Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2020 at 11:03 am

    @ Julie, your right, Todd got in lot’s of fights, lost most tho, LOL. He even fought a teacher a big guy that picked him up, stuffed him in a trash can. I know, I seen it go down!

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      Todd Blodgett Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2020 at 11:10 am

      In reply to MCHS ’79: I had 21 fights in high school, and I won all but 18.

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        bodacious Reply Report comment

        March 25, 2020 at 12:04 pm

        🙂 Glad to see you still have a sense of humor.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 25, 2020 at 6:59 pm

        Wow. Todd gets to edit his comments after he posts them? Why can’t the rest of us do that?

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          Say what? Reply Report comment

          March 25, 2020 at 8:11 pm

          ? ? ?

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            March 26, 2020 at 10:26 pm

            Todd’s first post added this after he stated he won 3 of his 21 fights in high school – ‘the three fights I won were against freshmen girls.’ or something similar to that. I replied to it also. Both that line and my reply are gone.

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            Todd Blodgett

            March 26, 2020 at 11:38 pm

            In reply to ‘Anonymous’ – Not quite, no. First, I don’t get to edit my comments, and never have; as far as I know, no one does. Second, yes: I replied to a post which stated that I got into some fights. I said I had 21 fights, and won all but 18 of them.

            Third: someone posted, under my name, a comment which stated that the only fights I won were against girls who were freshmen. That wasn’t my post, so I reported it, and alerted the publisher.

            Fourth: that fake post was then taken down, as it wasn’t mine.

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            March 27, 2020 at 7:39 am

            Thanks for the explanation

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      Kraig Reply Report comment

      March 26, 2020 at 8:15 am

      I was there, it was Mr. Warren.
      Todd used invisible ink on his white shirt.
      It was at the tennis courts at John Adams Junior High.
      Keep up the good work Todd.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2020 at 9:06 am


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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2020 at 11:56 am

      And you are an ignorant dumbass, pure & simple.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Sec State Hillary Clinton had brokered the Libya deal through Ambassador Stevens and a Private Arms Dealer named Marc Turi, but some of the shoulder fired Stinger Missiles ended up in Afghanistan where they were used against our own military. On July 25th, 2012, a US Chinook helicopter was downed by one of them. Not destroyed only because the idiot Taliban didn’t arm the missile. The helicopter didn’t explode, but it had to land and an ordnance team recovered the missile’s serial number which led back to a cache of Stinger Missiles kept in Qatar by the CIA.
    Obama and Hillary committed TREASON!
    So we have a traitor as POTUS that is not only corrupt, but compromised, as well and a Sec. of State that is a serial liar, who perjured herself multiple times at the Congressional Hearings on Benghazi.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2020 at 9:42 am

      This b.s. has been floating around since 2015. Get a life.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 25, 2020 at 5:48 pm

        any facts?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 26, 2020 at 10:19 am

        Makes no difference when it was first published. They should be brought up on charges, found guilty and hung.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          March 26, 2020 at 10:58 am

          You have to have evidence to prove that and after hundreds of investigations, no evidence of anything posted above was found true.

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    Ghandi Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Might be as peaceful as it gets

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    Julie S Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Hey Todd I mainly see it like you do, but why are you always for them gets violent so much. My mom she went to school with you she says your nice but you got in alot of fight’s.

    Yes them Greek’s, they have to save there country but maybe find way’s to do it more peaceful.

    Peace Todd.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      Todd was just misunderstood. My Dad told me so.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t blame the Greeks at all. They are just protecting their property and way of life. Minnesota should follow them.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 5:14 pm

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 24, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      I seem to remember Trump backing him down not to long ago. You Dumb Asses think Trump should be at war with everyone. Hard to accomplish anything when you don’t get along.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 24, 2020 at 8:20 pm

        In 2024 (or preferably before), the Trump Organization will break ground on Trump Towers – Istanbul.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          March 25, 2020 at 7:40 am

          After he is out of office

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            March 25, 2020 at 9:44 am

            Duh. That was my point. He is setting things up for when he gets out of office. Hopefully, he will be out January 20th, 2021

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            March 25, 2020 at 11:16 am

            Want to get back to the do nothing constructive Obummer ways huh?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Todd, that’s an awful lot of facts for people to absorb in one sitting. You’re going to get some crybaby pushback, but I suspect you knew that.

    I enjoyed every word of it.

    Turkey is NO FRIEND to us, and I would like to see all of our military (especially the nukes) out of Turkey ASAP. It gives the criminal Erdogan status, protection, and leverage that he does not deserve.

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    Leroy Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Saw on 60 minutes where Hungry has built a fence all around their border for same reason.

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    11th & North Monroe Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Another good article Todd, keep them coming we always like what you say.

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    River City Greek Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Don’t blame these people, it is their country that is getting all over run. Got to make these migramts go, keep them out. Otherwise, no more Greece.

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    Bill Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Thank you.
    Very sad. People want a better life…but it needs to start in their own backyard.