Greek Olympic venues re­open to house mi­grants

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Greek author­i­ties on Thurs­day hastily re­opened a derelict sports hall from the Athens 2004 Olympics to house hun­dreds of mi­grants who were sleep­ing on the streets of the cap­i­tal.

City buses took more than 400 mainly Afghan mi­grants from cen­tral Vic­to­ria Square to the Galatsi in­door hall.

A few days ear­lier, a sim­i­lar op­er­a­tion fer­ried mi­grants to the Hel­lenikon hockey cen­ter in south­ern Athens.

“I want to re­as­sure res­i­dents ... Vic­to­ria Square will be cleared,” Yian­nis Mouza­las, the ju­nior home of­fice min­is­ter in charge” of mi­gra­tion, told re­porters.

Hun­dreds of mainly Afghan mi­grants had set up tents on Vic­to­ria Square in re­cent days, and a late- night brawl broke out on Tues­day, prompt­ing protests from the city of Athens and lo­cal res­i­dents. “We can­not work mir­a­cles but the sit­u­a­tion will im­prove,” Mouza­las promised.

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