Protests planned at Greek border after more migrants drown

A volunteer gestures to migrants aboard a dinghy as they approach a beach after crossing a part of the Aegean sea. (Santi Palacios, AP)
A volunteer gestures to migrants aboard a dinghy as they approach a beach after crossing a part of the Aegean sea. (Santi Palacios, AP)

Alexandroupolis - Left-wing protest groups in Greece are planning two days of demonstrations at the country's border with Turkey, to call on authorities to ease transit restrictions in the wake of two deadly boat sinkings that left at least 46 migrants and refugees dead.

Protesters are planning to gather at the border town of Alexandroupolis later on Saturday and a march on Sunday toward a 10.5-km border fence built four years ago.

More than 60 people have died so far in Greek waters this year while trying to cross in poor weather conditions from Turkey to the Greek islands, most using dinghies and old wooden boats.

High winds on Saturday delayed plans by Coast Guard divers to search for bodies off the island of Kalymnos, where most of the people in Friday's accidents died.

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