Greek islands shut down in strike as locals protest migrant camps

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Greek islands shut down in strike as locals protest migrant camps

Author: infomigrants.net | 26 February 2020

Protester stands in front of riot police | Photo: picture-alliance / AP Photo / M. Varaklas

Several Greek islands, including Lesbos, have launched a labor stoppage following "extremely aggressive" clashes between police and anti-refugee protesters. Locals continue to call for an end to migrant camps.

The local governments of the Aegean islands announced on Wednesday a general strike against the actions of the Greek central government. The move follows violent clashes between protesters and riot police over plans for new migrant camps.

All regional and municipal authorities and most businesses were shut down on the islands of Chios, Lesbos, and Samos.

"We want our islands back" is the motto of the protests, as well as: "The islands must stop being the camp of lost souls."

The island of Lesbos is expected to continue rallies on Wednesday afternoon against the new camps for a second day in a row.

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