Tensions in Greece: migrants arriving via Turkey pushed back to Lesbos

They were greeted with cries urging them to “return to Turkey”. Fifty migrants were prevented from docking this Sunday on the Greek island of Lesbos, after several hours at sea by canoe, by residents furious at these arrivals made more numerous by the opening of Turkish borders.

At the port of Thermi, furious locals blocked the arrival of these boats, on which several minors were, shouting insults at the local representative of the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Some locals also attacked the journalists and photographers present, hitting them and throwing cameras overboard.

A burned out reception center

On the road to the overcrowded Moria camp, where more than 19,000 migrants are staying, another group of locals with chains and stones tried to prevent police buses carrying asylum seekers from gaining access at the reception and registration center, according to the Greek press agency ANA. One police officer was slightly injured.

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