Unbelievable decision: Local authorities on the island of Lesvos have decided to set up road blocks and enforce a “border” between the West and the East parts of the island.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting on Sunday, after more than 400 migrants and refugees arrived on the island from the Turkish coast.
According to the unprecedented decision, those refugees and migrants arriving at the Municipality of West Lesvos will also stay there and will not be allowed to cross into the East part.
Present at the meeting was the Regional Governor of the North Aegean Region, Costas Moutzouris, New Democracy member and former Justice Minister, Charalambos Athanasiou (he had the idea that the new migration center is is built on inhabited islet), the Mayor of Mytilene and the communal president of Moria.
At the meeting, it was decided that the Municipality of the island’s capital Mytilene “is closing its border with the Municipality of West Lesvos so that migrants arriving there do not reach Moria,” locals newspaper lesvosnews reports.
When buses of the Greek Coast Guard transferred the new arrivals to Moria, the local authorities had called the residents to set up blocks. And so they did.
With an emergency request to the government in Athens, Mayor of West Lesvos, Taxiarchis Verros, asked two ships to be sent to the island as soon as possible (with the same speed as the riot police was deployed last week) in order to relocated asylum seekers to the mainland and ease the deadlock.
“The increased refugees and migrants flows along with the Government ‘s incapacity lead to decisions that go beyond logic,” notes lesvosnews.
Will Lesvos be a Greek “Berlin” during the Cord War era?
PS True is that with all these endless debates about the famous government migration XX-pillars plans and the new migration centers, the acceleration of asylum procedures for new arrivals since 1. Jan 2020, the clashes between islanders and riot police, and the escalation to a new crisis since Friday, we almost forgot that the government had not relocated asylum-seekers from Lesvos, Chios and Samos for quite some time. It was before Christmas, I think. Or even before that.
I’m afraid that, excited about the success of its future plans, the government forgot the past and the present, the de-congestion issue, that is.
So, typical Greek!….