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Greece

2019

31

May

Hard-right Greek leader Kyriakos Velopoulos wants border wall

The new face of Greece’s hard right has called for a border wall along Greece’s northern frontiers to block illegal migrants. Kyriakos Velopoulos, 53, founder of the new Greek Solution party – which won a seat in Brussels on Sunday – suggested laying a minefield and building a wall on the border with Turkey and […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT Haber , The Times

30

May

Violence breaks out between residents of refugee camp and police on Greek island of Samos

Police clashed with residents from a refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos on Saturday morning, an NGO has told Euronews. The refugees and asylum seekers were staging a protest march about living conditions in the camp but had their route blocked by police at around 7.30 am local time, a member of the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Euro News , Euro News

08

Apr

Greek police fire tear gas at refugees demanding access to border

Police have used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse refugees and migrants during a second day of scuffles outside a camp in northern Greece. Since Thursday, hundreds of people stuck in Greece have arrived at a field next to the camp in Diavata, close to the second city of Thessaloniki, in the hope of travelling […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Aljazeera

19

Feb

Council of Europe slams Greece over refugee camp conditions

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) raised concerns Tuesday over the “inhuman and degrading” conditions in Greece’s refugee camps. The committee’s report said the situation was particularly alarming at the Fylakio camp near the Turkish border — one of the “hot spots” set up with backing from the EU to […]

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Country: Greece
Source: NTV , DW

15

Jan

Greek teachers clash with police for second time

Primary school teachers clashed with riot police in Athens on Monday for the second time in under a week, during a protest against government plans to change public sector hirings. The violence broke out when protesting teachers, who are on a 24-hour strike, tried to break a police cordon next to parliament. Some demonstrators hurled […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik , Reuters

09

Jan

Oxfam condemns EU over ‘inhumane’ Lesbos refugee camp

The EU has been strongly criticised over conditions in Greece’s largest refugee camp, where Oxfam reported women are wearing nappies at night for fear of leaving their tents to go to the toilet. The British-based NGO described the increasingly dangerous state of the EU-sponsored Moria camp on the island of Lesbos, where a 24-year-old man […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Hürriyet , The Guardian

2018

28

Dec

November 17 terrorist Koufodinas furloughed again

November 17 terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas will receive a fifth consecutive prison leave which will last six days, including two days that are being granted to him as travel time. The previous times that Koufodinas was granted a furlough there were statements of  disapproval from the U.S. and British embassies in Athens, since some of the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: CNN , Greek Reporter

26

Dec

Greece: Thousands of asylum seekers enduring winter in tents

Thousands of asylum seekers in Greece, living in tents on one of the Aegean Islands, are enduring another winter without heat or running water as there is no space at the official camp that is supposed to house them. They are compelled to continue waiting in the cold until the government makes some arrangement for […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Aljazeera

20

Dec

Search for imam begins as Athens Mosque nears completion

As Athens prepares to welcome the first government-funded mosque in the city in March, 2019, the search for an imam has begun. The Education Ministry’s committee for the new mosque announced on Monday that Muslims who legally reside in Athens may apply to become an imam. The committee said that interested parties can submit their […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Milliyet , Greek Reporter

19

Dec

Greek police accused of beating migrants trying to enter from Turkey

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released footage of men bearing prominent scars on their backs as it accused Greek police of inflicting beatings on migrants and asylum seekers illicitly entering the country across the land border from Turkey. The US-based group said the injuries depicted in the footage, shot in Edirne in Turkey in August, were sustained […]

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Country: Greece
Source: BBC , The Guardian