Belgian State Secretary accused of saying “let them drown”, characterises statements as “grotesque”

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(L-R) Hungarian Minister of Interior Pinter Sandor, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Belgian State Secretary for Asylum Policy, Migration and Administrative Simplification Theo Francken during a special European Justice home affairs ministers council on Migration crisis in Brussels, Belgium, 22 September 2015

The Belgian State Secretary would prefer Greece to become Europe’s “waiting room”


The Greek Deputy Immigration Minister, Ioannis Mouzalas, told BBC’s Newsnight that the Belgian interior minister told him on Monday’s Council in Amsterdam that Greece should "push" migrants "back in the sea."

Furthermore, Mr. Mouzalas suggests that Theo Francken told him to “drive them back into the sea; go against the law; I'm sorry, but I do not care if they drown.”

Francken also reportedly told Mouzalas to set up camp in Athens for 300,000 immigrants.

Francken has categorically denie...


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