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Greece: Chios island descends into chaos as residents protest new migrant camps

Greece, Chios
February 26, 2020 at 00:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several people were injured in clashes between residents of the Greek island Chios and riot police on Tuesday, during protests against government plans to build new migrant camps on the island. Similar protests were also held on the island of Lesbos, where authorities also plan on erecting a new detention centre.

According to reports, the protesters attempted to prevent the arrival of excavating machines, which were to be used in the construction of the new migrant camps.

Footage shows the protesters scuffling with policemen, before tear gas is launched, followed by the protesters fleeing from smoke. According to reports, the police also used flash grenades to disperse the crowd.

The refugee crowding in the Greek camps had temporarily eased following a deal between the EU and Turkey but has worsened in recent months. With 74,613 arrivals in 2019, according to the UNHCR, Greek islands continue to be the main entry point for illegal immigration in the EU.

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Several people were injured in clashes between residents of the Greek island Chios and riot police on Tuesday, during protests against government plans to build new migrant camps on the island. Similar protests were also held on the island of Lesbos, where authorities also plan on erecting a new detention centre.

According to reports, the protesters attempted to prevent the arrival of excavating machines, which were to be used in the construction of the new migrant camps.

Footage shows the protesters scuffling with policemen, before tear gas is launched, followed by the protesters fleeing from smoke. According to reports, the police also used flash grenades to disperse the crowd.

The refugee crowding in the Greek camps had temporarily eased following a deal between the EU and Turkey but has worsened in recent months. With 74,613 arrivals in 2019, according to the UNHCR, Greek islands continue to be the main entry point for illegal immigration in the EU.

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