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Greek police detain 40 illegal migrants at riots on Lesbos Island : reports
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Greek police detain 40 illegal migrants at riots on Lesbos Island : reports

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Feb 2020, 12:05 pm

Athens/Sputnik/UNI: Greek police have detained 40 irregular migrants over their involvement in recent mass riots in the Moria refugee camp on Greece's Lesbos island that quickly turned into clashes with law enforcement, Greek media reported.

On Monday, after 2,000 refugees in Moria began marching against poor living conditions and demanded faster processing of their asylum cases, clashes ensued in which police fired tear gas and stun grenades to prevent protesters from reaching the island's capital of Mitilini.

According to the Lesvos Post, 40 people were detained as riots continued into the night, which prompted residents of the surrounding town to demand that the refugee camp be closed.

The situation remains strained as migrants continue to demand they be transferred to mainland Greece, the newspaper said.