Over­crowded is­lands on the brink of un­con­trol­lable strife

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The is­lands of the eastern Aegean with pop­u­la­tions of refugees and mi­grants who have ar­rived since March are at risk of in­creased con­flict, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal ob­servers who are warn­ing that the sit­u­a­tion on Greece’s over­crowded is­lands is “dan­ger­ous and could get out of con­trol at any mo­ment.”

Be­tween yes­ter­day morn­ing and last night, 112 refugees and mi­grants ar­rived from Turkey, boost­ing their to­tal num­ber on the is­lands to 16,194.

Of these, 6,154 are on Lesvos, 4,144 on Chios, 2,686 on Samos, 2,004 on Kos, 915 on Leros and 285 on Rhodes. Ten­sions were fur­ther stoked yes­ter­day on Chios, when Ilias Ka­sidiaris, a se­nior mem­ber of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, ad­dressed a rally pre­sent­ing his pro­pos­als with re­gard to the refugee cri­sis. The GD rally, like the one sched­uled for to­day on Lesvos, was slammed by rul­ing SYRIZA, the Com­mu­nist Party (KKE) and Pop­u­lar Unity, which de­nounced the tol­er­ance of xeno­pho­bic and ex­tremeright rhetoric.

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