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Clashes and Fires on Lesvos as Refugees Demand to Leave Moria [video]

Hundreds of citizens of Moria camp as well as those of other regions north of Lesvos (Mytilene) have been protesting around the island, at the municipality, the North Aegean Periphery and the General Secretariat of the Aegean and Island policy. Rumors of mass returns to Turkey prompted the incidents, causing 300 migrants to pour out of the Moria hotspot.
The incidents on Monday follow those of Sunday night when there were violent clashes between extremist right-wing factions and anti-state rebels at the island’s Sapphous Square after an attempted removal of a Greek flag from an army track. The tension continued this morning with more protest to the island’s main town.
Residents rallying are calling for the numbers of migrants to be limited to 3,000 refugees and migrants on the island.
Lesvos Mayor Spyros Galinos was caught in the crossfire with right-wing protestors having physically assaulted three women, including a volunteer. All three were rushed to hospital and given first aid treatment. The women complain that the police were present during the attack but failed to intervene.
After migrants were forced back to the camp by police, fires broke out in the groves north and south of the camp. The situation has now calmed, however, a number of the migrants refuse to eat as protest against the squalid conditions in the settlement. Reports from Moria from state that protestors from Palestine are staging a sit-in as a response to delays to their asylum process requests of more than months.
The Riot Squad is in the region on standby for further clashes in a very tense environment.


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