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East Lesvos to set up road blocks to enforce “border” to West Lesvos

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 …

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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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Riot police withdraws from Lesvos & Chios after raging against locals and cars (videos)

Eight riot police squads departed from the island of Lesvos on Thursday morning after an unprecedented use of violence against people and …parked cars. The squads embarked ferry “Nisos Rodos” at 9 o’ clock in the morning. Loaded were also police buses, machinery and equipment that was transferred to the …

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Chaos on Lesvos: Locals with guns against riot police in military barracks

Chaos on the island of Lesvos with the situation to have escalated almost to civil unrest: Locals armed with guns teared down entrance of military barracks where six riot police squads have sought shelter. The squads are being ordered to spend the night in the barracks after angry locals have …

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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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“Hotspots on islets not in gov’t plan,” says Deputy Migration Minister

Building closed hotspots on islets “is not a government plan,” Alternate Migration and Asylum Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos said on Saturday, a day after local authorities on the island of Lesvos proposed the new migration center to be build on the uninhabited islet Tokmakia 5 nautical miles of the island. He …

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Lesvos authorities propose migration center on uninhabited islet Tokmakia

A surprise proposal by local authorities on the island of Lesvos: The new closed migration center should be constructed on the uninhabited islet Tokmakia near Lesvos and not in Karava area as the government has planned. The idea is attributed to New Democracy MP and former Justice Minister Charalambos Athanasiou, …

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Lesvos protest: Tons of rotten life-vests dumped in land aimed for migration center

In a protest move against the new migration center, the municipality of West Lesvos transported thousands of used and rotten life-vests and rubber boats to the area of Karavas on Saturday, where the new migration center is to be built. Municipality trucks and local’s private vehicles brought tons of life-jackets …

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Islands against requisition: Legal measures, “guard teams”, protests

Municipalities on the the islands of Lesvos and Chios decided to take counter-measures as they categorically reject the government plans to requisite public and private properties and land in order to construct the new migration centers. The Regional government went even further and cut the dialogue with Athens. In emergency …

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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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Afghan refugee dies in fire in Kara Tepe camp on Lesvos

A 27-year-old Afghan refugee died in a fire Kara Tepe camp on the island of Lesvos early Thursday morning. The fire broke out inside the container where the woman lived with her 28-year-old husband and their three children aged 5, 2 and an infant. The 28-year-old husband passed out from …

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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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Lesvos: One-member Censorship Committee to ban theater plays with gays

The deputy mayor of Lesvos plans to establish a one-member Censorship Committee in order to hinder gays on stage of local theaters. According to local media reports, the deputy mayor, who is in charge of Culture, wants to safeguard the “good morals” on the island. Deputy mayor, Panagiotis Tsakiris, revealed …

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