Mouza­las blames oth­ers for mi­grant ten­sions

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Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las yes­ter­day blamed Chios au­thor­i­ties and con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy for mount­ing ten­sions on the Aegean is­land and in other parts of the coun­try host­ing large num­bers of mi­grants.

In com­ments to Skai TV, Mouza­las said Chios au­thor­i­ties op­posed plans for a new camp at a for­mer land­fill even though the fund­ing has been se­cured. He said far-right­ists were fu­el­ing ten­sions, re­sult­ing in lo­cals call­ing for the re­moval of mi­grants from the is­land. Mouza­las also al­leged that ND was in­cit­ing ac­tion to ob­struct plans for the cre­ation of closed de­ten­tion cen­ters for mi­grants who have dis­played delin­quent be­hav­ior.

Chios Mayor Mano­lis Vournous re­torted that lo­cals had changed their stance about the new camp due to a lack of trust in the gov­ern­ment.

Mouza­las ap­pealed to is­lan­ders to ac­cept the plans, warn­ing that a mi­grant deal be­tween the Euro­pean Union and Ankara is at risk.

Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment is said to be con­sid­er­ing trans­fer­ring mi­grants who are not el­i­gi­ble for asy­lum to cen­ters on the main­land in or­der to free up space on the is­lands.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, aca­demics, pro­fes­sional groups and res­i­dents of Chios have ap­pealed to the Coun­cil of State to an­nul a de­ci­sion to cre­ate the Vial re­cep­tion cen­ter. They say the mi­grants should be hosted else­where un­til af­ter de­ci­sion on the case, which is to be heard on Fe­bru­ary 7.

A pro­tester shouts slo­gans through a loud­speaker dur­ing a demon­stra­tion in Athens mark­ing a 24-hour strike yes­ter­day called by the pub­lic sec­tor union ADEDY against tax and pen­sion re­forms de­manded by Greece’s in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors.

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