Hundreds of residents of Moria village and surrounding areas on the island of Lesvos took to the streets on Monday morning protesting the presence of refugees and migrants outside the hot spot of the same name.
The protest rally turned really ugly when extremists from the ultra right-wing Golden Dawn who joined the protest attacked three women, one of them a volunteer at a refugees reception center. The woman was transferred to the local hospital for treatment. According to local website Empros.net, the police that was present did nothing to hinder the attack.
According to the same website, the injured were four university student attacked by 15 GD members while others from the same party were shouting “throw them to the sea”.
On social media, there are reports that also 70-year-old local attacked three female Syrian refugees and one Greek female journalist who tried to stop him.
According to some sources, the GD has been on the island in the last days zealously trying to incite the residents against the refugees and the migrants.
some migrant had apparently a flare
A little later, some 300 migrants escaped from the hot spot and attempted to launch a protest march, when rumors were spread that mass deportations to Turkey were imminent.
Police stopped them and forced them to turn back. On their way back, fires broke out in olive groves in the south and the north of the camp. the fires were put out by the fire brigades.
It looks as if the situation has not calmed down.
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Municipality against NGO’s
Meanwhile, in an emergency meeting on Sunday, the municipality of Lesvos decided to request all NGOs leave from the refugee camp of Kara Tepe.
The meeting was called by Lesvos mayor Spyros Galinos, after media reports that a new camp was being created on the island, inside the former military camp of Lemonou. Work at the camp froze on Friday after the intervention of Defence Minister Panos Kammenos.
The Municipality has accused the NGO’s operating in Kara Tepe camp for participating in the creation of the new camp without informing the municipality. discovering they secretly assisted in opening new camp in Lemonou
The resolution released by the municipality says also says the municipality should have the exclusive jurisdiction and managerial autonomy over the camp with the role of the NGOs limited to supportive and advisory role.
Kara Tepe has been a model refugee camp, often visited by international VIPs who come to Lesvos to express solidarity with the refugees.
PS how is it possible that the Mayor did not know that there was a hot spot in the making since the camp was to be established the premises of a former military camp? But what should I know?