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Residents clash with Authorities on Greek islands over Construction of new migrant detention camps

Crowds tried to prevent authorities from disembarking on the islands of Lesbos and Chios, to interrupt the job that will find new peaks constructed at the entrance point for illegal migration from the European Union.

Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds, and protesters set fire as they attempted to block access to the port region on Lesbos.

At least three individuals were treated at the hospital to breathing problems brought on by the extensive use of tear gas, local officials said.

The government says it’s going to proceed with plans to create the new centers and has promised to substitute present camps where acute overcrowding has worsened lately.

Many island residents in addition to local governments vehemently assert the migrants and asylum seekers must be transferred into the Greek mainland.

The standoff between police and protesters continued later in the afternoon close to the regions in which the new peaks will be constructed, as police cordoned off places around roadblocks set up over the previous couple of days by demonstrators over the 2 islands.

“We know there is an issue of confidence that was made within the prior decades,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told state-run TV. “However, the closed centers will be constructed and we’re calling on the people to encourage this.”

Petsas claimed the government was likewise forced to act because of increased concerns over the Growing coronavirus outbreak, asserting that appropriate health checks wouldn’t be able to be carried out in present overcrowded camps.

Almost 60,000 migrants and refugees came on Greek islands this past year, nearly double the amount listed in 2018, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.