NGOs Hiding Illegal Migrants in Caves, Forests on Greek Islands

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been hiding illegal migrants in caves and forests on Greek islands as they are smuggled into Europe, authorities say.

The latest findings of an ongoing investigation by ELAS (Hellenic Police) and EYP (National Agency of Information) into migrant trafficking networks operated by NGOs have been released to Greek media.

Authorities say they have been recruiting migrants to work as informants, embedding them within groups of illegal aliens being smuggled from Turkey to Europe via islands in the Aegean Sea.

During a secret operation dubbed "Alkmini 2," NGOs were found to be employing a variety of tactics to shield migrants from detection and also intimidate Greek Coast Guard patrols if they attempted to intercept boats loaded with illegal aliens.

"Members of non-governmental organizations have been hiding hundreds of refugees in recent weeks in coastal caves and forests of the Aegean islands, in order not to be located by the Greek port authorities and thus to facilitate their illegal entry into our country," To Vima reports.

"In addition, they had created a special internet platform to broadcast live the arrival of boats in Lesvos and other islands of the Eastern Aegean in order to 'pressure' the Coast Guard not to prevent their entry into our country."

In late September, 35 suspects tied to four NGOs were rounded up amid a sweeping probe conducted by Greek intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies, as Infowars Europe has reported extensively.

Greek officials have repeatedly asserted the NGO groups and their leaders, who hail from other European countries including Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway and Bulgaria, are engaged in "espionage" and other high-level crimes.

Auditors have determined tens of millions of dollars are flowing to these groups from national and E.U. programs and sponsorships, while their activities and accounting remain shadowy at best.

German MP Petr Bystron recently brought Infowars Europe to visit a location in Berlin believed to serve as headquarters for multiple NGOs implicated in the widening scandal.

"It's a big business. They [German government] are distributing 50 billion euro a year – and this is just the number they are admitting, so we can guess it's maybe 100 billion euro a year – to organizations," Bystron said.

Bystron credits Infowars Europe as being "the first" international outlet to cover the initial NGO takedown after reports first surfaced in Greek media in late September.


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