Migrants and refugees across Greece from Idomeni to the isle of Chios have been actively protesting Europe's closings of its borders and against the near reality of many of them being returned to Turkey.
But the migrant protests appear paradoxical by a group of people who have opted to flee their homes rather than staying, protesting and fighting for the betterment of their homelands, only to arrive uninvited in another land, where they now have the audacity to mount protests. Fair is fair, yet freedom is not to be abused.
As tomorrow's start looms to an European Union(EU) mass deportation plan of migrants from Greece back to Turkey, hundreds of migrants on the Greek Island of Chios pushed their way out of an overcrowded camp over the weekend and protested in the streets chanting:"freedom, freedom, Turkey no," the Associated Press(AP) reported yesterday. Fights between Syrian and Afghan migrants also broke out causing some injuries.
In Idomeni, more than 200 migrants blocked trucks along a highway leading from Greece to Macedonia demanding that Macedonia reopen its border. Other migrants blocked passenger and cargo traffic along a railway line for the 13th-straight day in a row, the AP reported.
It is clear these migrant protests in Greece have come too late and in the wrong forum. The time for the migrants to protest has past - passing when each and every migrant, awaiting hopeful entry into Europe, decide to flee their lands because of conflict or economic hardship. It was within their lands where each and every migrant had the best standing to protest and to fight for their aspirations, not in the transient hub of Greece.