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US Embassy in Athens issues “Security Alert” over new Migration crisis

The US Embassy in Athens has issued a Security Alert on Wednesday over the new migration crisis. The Embassy highlights as locations where US citizens should be on alert the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos as well as the Evros land border. Particularly about Lesvos and the Evros region, …

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“Migration Crisis” Made in Turkey: : More than 500 people arrive on Aegean islands

Migration Crisis Made in Turkey: More than 500 people have arrived on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos by Sunday noon, while more are reportedly on the way to Greece. The plastic boats started leaving from six different locations in west coast of Turkey since the early morning hours …

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Tsipras accuses gov’t of “chaos and insecurity” on Lesvos and Chios

Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said the government was to blame for the “conditions of chaos” and “insecurity” in Greece, following the ugly scenes and the excessive use of violence by riot police on the islands of Lesvos and Chios. “Today we are talking about the social security bill,” …

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Greek PM Mitsotakis warns migrants “Don’t come to Greece!”

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has warned migrants not qualifying for asylum to not come to Greece.  At the same time, he stressed the government’s determination to proceed with the construction of new closed facilities for migrants and asylum seekers on the northeastern Aegean islands. “The construction of modern, guarded facilities …

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Islanders respond to police violence with general strike; Lawsuit for environment disaster

The Regional government of the North Aegean Region, the municipality on Lesvos and the local Workers’ Center have called for a general strike on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The decision comes amid clashes between locals and riot police deployed from Athens over the new closed migration centers. An announcement issued …

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Riot police clash with locals over migration centers on the islands (videos)

Extensive clashes erupted overnight on islands of Lesvos and Chios and continue on Tuesday, with local authorities and residents trying to prevent the arrival of riot police, water canons and excavating machines to be used to build new closed migration centers. The forces arrived by ferries chartered by the government. …

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75% of the islands migrants population is from Afghanistan, says Greek Migration Minister

75% of the islands migrants population is from Afghanistan, Greece’s Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Tuesday adding that if the Afghan migrants are transferred to the mainland  they will have no right to be returned to Turkey. In a meeting with EU Migration Commissioner Yiva Johansson, Mitarakis pointed out …

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Turkey demands demilitarization of 16 Greek islands

Turkey’s challenges towards Greece have no end with Ankara adding a new claim and a point of dispute each and every day. This time the demilitarization of Greek islands was put on the agenda. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar demanded that 16 Greek islands in the Aegean Sea should be demilitarized. …

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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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US: Turkey-Libya MoU “provocative”, islands have EEZ & continental shelf

With a good portion of delay, the US State Department finally took position on the Turkey-Libya Agreement and Ankara’s Claims that the Greek islands have neither Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. The agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea signed by Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National …

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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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Folegandros: Missing tourist from New Zealand found 55 nm off Crete

An incredible adventure for a 45-year-old tourist from New Zealand sailing the Greek islands with a catamaran yacht. The woman went missing from the island of Folegandros Friday noon and was found on board of a dinghy in the middle of the Aegean Sea, 55 nautical miles off the North …

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