Migrants: Violent clashes against hotspots on Greek islands

50 injured. Attacks on hotel and military base hosting police

27 February, 15:40

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 27 - A total of 40 police officers and 10 demonstrators have been injured in the past two days in violent clashes on the Greek islands of Chios, Samos, and Lesbos, during protests against the Greek government's decision to create migrant detention centre hotspots, Greek media said.

    In an attempt to calm the situation, which is starting to take on shades of urban guerrilla warfare, the governor of the North Aegean and the mayors of Chios, Western Lesbos, and Mitilene convened on Thursday afternoon in Athens for a meeting with the government. The revolt broke out when hundreds of riot police were sent to the islands of Lesbos and Chios to protect construction sites where the hotspots are being built.

    Police used tear gas, water cannons, and smoke bombs against demonstrators.

    Some eyewitnesses and an Italian worker employed with an NGO on Lesbos said among the demonstrators are also members of the far right Golden Dawn party and groups from the far left.

    The same sources said a group of demonstrators raided a hotel on Wednesday evening where some of the police sent from Athens were staying.

    Local media sources said there was an attack on the military base in Kyriazis, where other police officers were staying.


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