Coronavirus: Migrants protest at Greek camp under virus lockdown | AFP

Migrants hold banners in a sign of protest at the gate of the Malakasa camp near Athens, the second Greek migrant camp to be placed under lockdown after an Afghan resident tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus/Greece: migrants protest at camp under virus lockdown | AFP

Migrants hold banners in a sign of protest at the gate of the Malakasa camp near Athens, the second Greek migrant camp placed under lockdown after an Afghan resident tested positive for the coronavirus. IMAGES

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Teen graffiti artist paints COVID-19 mural on Athens roof | AFP

Sixteen-year-old Greek graffiti artist S.F. paints a mural inspired by COVID-19 on the roof of his apartment block in Athens. The piece features an image of the virus pathogen and a message to stay home. S.F. has been making street art since 2011 and spends all of his allowance on supplies. As Greece is now under lockdown because of the pandemic he can no longer paint in public spaces so he sticks to his building rooftop.

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Greece’s first woman president swears in | AFP

Greece swears in the first woman president in its history as the country grapples with over a hundred coronavirus cases. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, a 63-year-old senior judge, becomes the new Greek head of state for a five-year term. IMAGES

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Here are the top stories for Saturday, March 7th: US Coronavirus death toll goes up; Thousands confined to cruise ship off San Francisco coast; Greek police fires tear gas to stop border migrants; Most famous sled dog race is underway in Alaska.

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Greek isle residents demonstrate in support of refugees | AFP

Around 100 residents in Lesbos rally in support of refugees, who have become the target of hostility from far-right groups on the Greek island. Lesbos has been a landing ground for tens of thousands of migrants who come by boat from Turkey over the past few years. A recent surge of new arrivals sparked anti-migrant rhetoric and violence last weekend.

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Migrants and Greek police clash at the Turkish border | AFP

Migrants on the Turkish side of the border with Greece clash with the Greek police. They exchange tear gas and stones and some migrants try to pull down the fence with ropes. IMAGES

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Greek army fires water cannon at migrants on the Turkish side of the border | AFP

Migrants on the Turkish side of the border at the Pazarkule border crossing try to move forward as the Greek army fires water cannons at them. IMAGES

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Tear gas fired at Greece/Turkey border amid migrant crisis | AFP

Images show tear gas billowing on the Greek side of the Kastanies border checkpoint between Greece and Turkey amid the ongoing migration crisis in the region. IMAGES

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Migrants Trying to Enter Europe Are About to Be Stuck Between the Greek Army and Turkish Police

EDIRINE, Turkey — Thousands of refugees and migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran and elsewhere have been trying to push their way across the Turkish border with Greece to find their way to Europe, only to find themselves forced back with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

On Wednesday, Turkish officials say at least one person was shot dead by Greek security forces, but Greek authorities have denied the killing.

VICE News spoke to half a dozen refugees today who witnessed Greek security forces firing live rounds at migrants rushing the border fence at the Pazarkule crossing early this morning.

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Greek navy ship arrives to house Lesbos island migrants | AFP

Greece brings in a navy ship to house hundreds of refugees and migrants who have recently arrived on Lesbos, an island whose migrant camps are already vastly overstretched. In an effort to curb the recent influx of arrivals from Turkey, Athens has suspended asylum procedures.

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Those seeking to test EU unity ‘will be disappointed’: von der Leyen | AFP

“Those who seek to test Europe’s unity will be disappointed. We will hold the line and our unity will prevail,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says after visiting the border area with the Greek prime minister and chiefs of the European Council and European Parliament. The EU dispatched its highest officials to Turkey and Greece amid concern over a fresh migrant crisis and allegations that Ankara was trying to “blackmail” the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees seeking to flee to Europe. IMAGES

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Greek police arrest a group of migrants with children | AFP

Greek police arrest a group of Syrian migrants with babies and children at sunrise and take their phones, a few kilometres after they crossed into Greece from Turkey.

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At the Greek border, Turkish smugglers are no longer hiding | AFP

After learning that Turkey would no longer hold back those who wanted to go to Europe, several thousand migrants rushed to the Greek border. For several days now, they have been trying to reach Greece by crossing the Evros river border. Some of them do so with the help of Turkish smugglers who are no longer hiding, and even saying they are doing their “duty”.

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