Greek Olympic venues reopen to house migrants
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.