Return of the Iron Curtain: Soviet-era barbed wire fence is rebuilt in Bulgaria to prevent migrants reaching Europe via new Turkish route as Prime Minister also announces plans for a wall on Greek border

Friday, March 25, 2016
By Paul Martin

Bulgaria has already constructed 100km of the fence on Turkish border and aims to have 132.5km finished by July
New ‘Iron Curtain’ comes 25 years after rusty fences stopped people escaping Communism over border into Turkey
Hoping to put off the ruthless criminal gangs exploiting families fleeing war and terror in Syria, Iraq and North Africa
Bulgaria is now planning to erect another fence on its border with Greece to the south that is about 500km long

By THOMAS BURROWS
DailyMail.com
25 March 2016

Bulgaria has returned to its Cold War days as it works to rebuild the Soviet-era barbed wire fence along its border with Turkey – only this time to stop migrants hoping for a new life in Europe.

The fence is being constructed to seal Bulgaria’s entire border to prevent the country becoming the new gateway to Europe.

The local authorities are hoping to put off the ruthless criminal gangs exploiting families fleeing war and terror in Syria, Iraq and North Africa from trying to enter Europe via Bulgaria.

Bulgaria is also ready to build a fence on its border with Greece, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announced today.

Bulgaria started erecting a barbed wire fence along its border with Turkey in November 2013. Now work is being speeded up.

Almost 100km of the fence has been completed and the aim is to have 132.5km completed by July, which would be half the entire frontier.

The new ‘Iron Curtain’ comes 25 years after rusty watchtowers and fences stopped people escaping Communism over the border into Turkey.

Ivan Petkov, a pensioner from the village of Shtit, noted: ‘It was different back in the old days. Then it wasn’t refugees who were coming in but Bulgarian prisoners and other people who wanted to run away.’

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