Greece: Protests broke out at refugee camp in Lesbos

27th Apr 2016
Greece: Protests broke out at refugee camp in Lesbos

By Magda Panoutsopoulou

 

ATHENS (AA) – Protests broke out at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos during Tuesday’s visit of Greek Migration Minister Ioannis Mouzalas and his Dutch counterpart Klass Dijkhoff.

Shouting “Freedom, freedom,” angry refugees threw rocks, metal objects, and plastic water bottles during the officials’ visit to the closed Greek detention camp.

According to Greek daily Protothema, the situation escalated when around 400 refugees and migrants were told that their asylum applications had been rejected. Conditions at the camp were also said to be a trigger.

The violence is reported to have started with underage refugees who set garbage bins on fire.

Riot police used teargas to control the situation while the staff working inside the camp had to evacuate.

The situation at Moria camp has been unstable for several days, especially after the much-criticized EU-Turkey deal which foresees the return of migrants and refuges back to Turkey, in an attempt to control the huge inflows of refugees into Europe.

 

[Photo: Ramin Bayat’s sons Abolfazı 8-year-old and Sobhan 2-year-old are seen after a small Turkish ferry carrying 13 migrants deported from Greece’s Lesbos Island to Turkey, arrives at Dikili harbor in Izmir, on April 26, 2016. Photographer: Emin Mengüarslan/AA]

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