Clashes break out be­tween Samos res­i­dents, mi­grants

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The ten­sion was pal­pa­ble in the town of Vathi on the is­land of Samos yes­ter­day, in the af­ter­math of clashes be­tween mi­grants and lo­cal youths late Tues­day. Mi­grants claim that they were at­tacked by a group of hooded in­di­vid­u­als. How­ever, lo­cals in­sisted that the stone-throw­ing brawl was started by mi­grants “who cir­cu­late and drink in the cen­ter of town ev­ery night cre­at­ing trou­ble.” The fight­ing was bro­ken up by riot po­lice. Mean­while, mi­grants con­tin­ued to ar­rive this week at over­crowded ac­com­mo­da­tion cen­ters on eastern Aegean is­lands. Mi­gra­tion Pol­icy Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las re­cently warned that a pos­si­ble break­down in the deal be­tween Turkey and the EU to stem the flow of mi­grants into Europe would lead to an un­man­age­able sit­u­a­tion.

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