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Police arrests Greek extremists acting like “raid battalion” in Moria village (UPD)

Police on the island of Lesvos has arrested seven Greek extremists who were conducting street and house to Greeks and foreign nationals in the village of Moria. All members of the so-called “control squad” or “raid battalion” were wearing helmets and holding bats when they arrested on Thursday night. All …

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Moria residents occupy public building, asylum seekers stage new protest

Locals are angry, asylum seekers are exhausted. Both groups have reached the limits of their patience. Residents of the village Moria symbolically occupied the building of the General Secretariat of the Aegean & Islands Policy on Tuesday morning as a response to the unprecedented incidents and protest by asylum seekers …

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Moria asylum seekers stage protest, set fires, police fires teargas

Clashes between Moria asylum seekers and police erupted outside the town of Mytilini on the island of Lesvos on Monday morning, when approximately 2,000 people set to march to the port. Police fired teargas and sound flares against the men, women and children protesters. On their part, the asylum seekers …

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Macron: “France supports Greece & Cyprus, condemns Turkey’s challenges”

“France supports Greece and Cyprus in terms of respect for their sovereign rights, condemning Turkey’s challenge of these,” President Emmannuel Macron said during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday. “We repeated our concerns and condemned unequivocally the Turkey-Libya agreement,” …

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Migration influx has subsided, both on land and sea, says Greece

Migration influx has subsided both on land and sea, Greece’s government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Saturday. He attributed the decrease with better border guarding and accelaration of asylum procedures. During his visit to the city of Alexandroupolis in north-eastern Greece, Petsas emphasized the strengthening of the police force and …

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General strike on Aegean islands as locals protest migration policy

All activities stand still  on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Leros as the public and private sector are holding a general strike to protest the government policy on migration and the continuous flows of refugees and migrants. Local residents and authorities and business owners have joint the strike. …

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Turkish Coast Guard rams boat with Syrian refugees (video)

A video shows a vessel of the Turkish Coast Guard trying to ram boat full with refugees. One sees how the Coast Guard is pushing against the bow of the of the migrants’ boat. Women and children are being heard screaming, several passengers raise their arms signaling that they surrender. …

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Greece’s “priority is to reduce migration flows,”says Migration Minister

The government’s priority is to reduce migration flows to the Eastern Aegean islands, new Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Sunday while visiting islands in the eastern Aegean Sea. The new Migration Minister visited Samos and Lesvos in order to ease locals’ reactions to the planned closed accommodation …

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Greece sets up a Migration Ministry, 6 months after abolishing the previous one

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis needed full six months to realize that it was a grave mistake to abolish the Migration Ministry created by the SYRIZa government and assign such a crucial issue for Greece to the Ministry of Public Order as well as to deputy ministers in other institutions, like …

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Chios: Protesters boo, throw water bottles at Dep Labor Minister over Migration policy

Serious incidents erupted in the town hall of the island of Chios on Monday night, where Deputy Minister of Labor, Notis Mitarakis was booed and became the target of protesters angry over the government’s migration policy and the creation of a new structure for refugees and migrants. A group of …

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London meeting: Mitsotakis and Erdogan agree that they disagree

Frozen faces, tense smiles, ice-cold hands: Strangers in the room where Greeks and Turkish delegations met in London on the sidelines of the NATO Summit. The meeting between Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President,Tayyip Erdogan, including Foreign and Defense Ministers from both countries lasted exactly 1.35 hour. The …

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Closed centers on Greece’s islands to “operate in parallel” with hotspots

The Greek government plans to operate the pre-departure centers on the five Aegean islands in parallel with the existing reception centers (hotspots.) This is said in a letter by Minister for Citizen Protection to the European Commissioner for Human Rights. In November, the Greek government has said that the hotspots …

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Pre-departure center on Lesvos to be built in forest fire zone (video)

The Greek government plans to built the pre-departure center for migrants and refugees on the island of Lesvos inside a forest fire zone. The structure is scheduled to host up to 7,000 people, its construction is expected to start this week. According to an exclusive report by local media stonisi, …

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Pope Francis sends aide to Lesvos to bring 33 refugees to Rome

The Vatican says Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesvos to bring back 33 asylum-seekers to Rome. During his visit to Moria in 2016, the Pope had taken three Syrian families, a total of 12 people with six children among them, to the Holy …

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