Greece sends first migrants back to Turkey under EU deal

Migrants and refugees with their mouths taped stage a protest at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, April 1, 2016.

The Greek government is bracing for violence as the European Union begins to deport Syrian refugees and other migrants back to Turkey on Monday under a landmark deal aiming to stem the flow of migrants to Europe. Boats carrying the first 131 migrants out of about 750 people leaving by Wednesday shoved off from the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, headed to Turkey’s port of Dikili. The effort has triggered unrest among detained migrants — 800 broke out of a detention center on the island of Chios on Friday.

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