x

Society

6 Injured, 4 Arrested as Clashes Break Out at Migrants Camp

May 7, 2018

THESSALONIKI – Clashes broke out late on Sunday in a reception centre for refugees and migrants in Lagadiki, outside Thessaloniki. According to the police, six people were injured during the episodes, who were transferred to the Papageorgiou hospital.

The police proceeded to make four arrests.

Police said Monday the three-hour fight in the Lagadikia camp involved about 250 people and apparently broke out after a group of Syrians said a group of Algerians had harassed Syrian women. The fight quickly spread through the camp, with those involved using knives and planks of wood.

Angry at being penned up in detention centers for up to two years, refugees and migrants in Greece are stepping up protests, with some 200 blocking a highway on Sunday near Thessaloniki.

There are some 64,000 of them in the country, stuck after the European Union closed its borders to them and dumped the problem on Greece during a crushing economic and austerity crisis.

That includes more than 15,000 on islands close to Turkey, which lets human traffickers operate even during a suspended European Union swap deal. Only a relative handful have been returned while the numbers of those coming to Greece are picking up fast in the warmer weather.

Conditions in the vastly overcrowded camps and detention centers have been criticized by human rights groups, activists, volunteers and NGO’s who said the facilities aren’t fit in some cases for humans.

The highway protest ended the night of May 5 when riot police showed up to chase off the demonstrators who had left tents that filled with water during torrential rains which hit the country.

The camp where they live, on the site of a former army barracks, houses refugees and other migrants in sturdy containers but tents had to be added with a new influx from Turkey, now increasing across the land border in northern Greece along the Evros River.

Some 270 more landed on Lesbos on May 6, a couple of days after Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras went to the island for a growth conference and had to be protected by 300 riot police after islanders protested the lack of action by his government in helping them deal with some 7,000 refugees and migrants.

Another 80 people, of undetermined nationality, landed on Chios off the Turkish coast, another favorite spot for those who went to Turkey after fleeing war and strife in their homelands and are desperate to get into the EU any way they can.

Since May 1, human smugglers in Turkey have landed another 1200 people on Greek islands, the business newspaper Naftemporiki said.

Six people were injured late May 6 during clashes at the Langadika refugee center outside Thessaloniki, said Kathimerini, with police saying more than 200 people were involved.

(Material from the Associated Press and the Athens Macedonian News Agency was used in this report)

RELATED

ATHENS - Upset over low wages and the refusal of their publishers to sign agreements for collective bargaining, Greek journalists went on a 24-hour strike on April 16, also complaining about a lack of media plurality.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

New York Greek Independence Parade Honors 1821 and Grim Anniversary for Cyprus (Vid & Pics)

NEW YORK – The New York Greek Independence Parade on Fifth Avenue, commemorating the 203rd anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, was held in an atmosphere of emotion and pride on April 14.

NEW YORK — Whitey Herzog, the gruff and ingenious Hall of Fame manager who guided the St.

ST. LOUIS  — Strong storms caused damage in parts of the middle U.

ATHENS, Greece  — The world is not doing enough to protect coral reefs, the United Nations’ special envoy for the ocean said Tuesday in defense of the marine ecosystems that protect biodiversity, sustain underwater life and produce some of the oxygen we breathe.

NEW YORK – With the calls of “Long live March 25th,” “Long live Greece,” and “Long live Cyprus,” this year's pre-parade grand celebratory reception at the Pierre Hotel was held on April 14.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.