Dec 09 2017

Georgian villagers concerned about newly-opened Turkish border

People living in Georgian villages adjacent to Turkey are concerned about the opening of the nearby border, EurasiaNet said.

Residents of the village of Dadash recently temporarily closed down a border gate – which opened in 2015 as Turkish–Georgian ties warmed – to protest cross-border “lawlessness”, the news website reported.

Villagers are complaining about an upsurge in robberies, cattle rustling and prostitution. The mostly-Armenian population of the nearby village of Akhalkalaki fear discrimination or violence, pointing to graffiti left at a nearby Ottoman fortress reading “we will return”, the site said.