Thousands protest in European capitals to support migrants

LONDON: Protestors voicing their support for migrants took to the streets of European capitals Saturday, the day after the EU and Turkey sealed a deal designed to tackle the continent’s biggest migration crisis since World War II.

Thousands of people marched in London, Athens, Barcelona, Vienna, Amsterdam and several Swiss cities as Greece rushed to put in place the measures needed to enforce the deal sealed at a Brussels summit Friday.

Under the deal, all migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey from midnight on Sunday will face being sent back to Turkey. The EU will take in one Syrian refugee from Turkish soil in exchange for every Syrian returned from Greece in a move designed to discourage people risking their lives by crossing the Aegean Sea in smugglers’ boats. AFP