Target: Gjorge Ivanov, President, Republic of Macedonia
Goal: Remove electrical fence along Macedonia-Greece border to prevent additional deaths.
A Moroccan refugee stranded in Greece has died by electrocution while attempting to scale a high-voltage fence to enter Macedonia. The fence, just completed by Macedonia in cooperation with Greece, was erected to keep Moroccan refugees from entering the country, which is only accepting Afghani, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees. These war victims are stranded in Greece and engaged in a volatile conflict with police.
Reports also say another refugee was electrocuted by the fence prior to this incident, but this is not confirmed. Asylum seekers from Iran, Pakistan, and other nations are being held back by the fence, as well.
Amnesty International has appropriately criticized Macedonia for only accepting war victims from specified nations and, as evidenced by the death on Thursday, the electrical fence poses serious dangers to all refugees stranded in Greece. Demand that Macedonia remove this high-voltage fence before another life is claimed.
Dear President Ivanov,
A man has been killed in your efforts to restrict war-torn refugees from entering your country. Reports also claim another man was killed, although this is not confirmed. Regardless, erecting a high-voltage fence between Macedonia and Greece is inhumane and violates human rights. Nobody should die unnecessarily in their pursuit of asylum from war and violence; it doesn’t matter from where they come.
Remove your electrical fence between Macedonia and Greece. Imagine you on the other side of this fence, in the midst of violent protests and in the same danger you faced from the country you fled. Imagine yourself cold, hungry, and frightened for your life. Imagine being tear-gassed and beaten. You’d seek asylum, too. I can assure you of that. Please take action and remove this deadly fence now.
[Your Name Here]
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