The mayor and residents of Kos prevented the disembarkation of some 75 migrants and refugees coming from Kastelorizo on a passenger ship early on Saturday.
The port landing was blocked by municipal vehicles, while dozens of locals led by Kos Mayor Theodosis Nikitaras were at the port to prevent the disembarkation. The action followed a statement made by the mayor on social media.
Only two of the 77 migrants and refugees were allowed to land on the island. Both had been in Kos before and their documents had been properly processed.
The ship continued its route to Piraeus.
In his statement, the mayor said that no more migrants will be allowed to be transferred from other islands to Kos, which already hosts 4,500, far above the capacity of hospitality structures on the island. He also demanded that the state take away some migrants from the island’s overcrowded hotspot.
Nikitaras added that asylum seekers should be processed quickly and transferred to the mainland.