close
Advertisement
Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!
AFP
April 7, 2019

Fresh tensions at migrant camp in northern Greece

World

AFP
April 7, 2019

DIAVATá, Greece: New tensions erupted on Saturday outside a migrant camp in northern Greece between migrants and Greek police who prevented them from advancing towards the border with North Macedonia.

Hundreds of migrants from camps elsewhere in the country gathered outside the Diavate camp near Thessaloniki after anonymous social media posts over recent days claimed that human rights groups stood ready to assist migrants in crossing into North Macedonia and on to other EU states.

After two coaches left the area on Saturday morning, taking some of the protesting migrants to other camps in northern Greece, a group of the 800 remaining migrants threw stones at policemen, who responded with tear gas, an AFP photographer on the spot said.

On Friday, the migrants -- among them families with small children -- had tried to break the police cordon and security forces used tear gas and stun grenades. Also on Friday, around 200 migrants occupied the Larissis central train station in Athens, shouting "Saloniki" (Thessaloniki) and "Germany".

They had bought tickets to Thessaloniki, intending to also travel to the Diavata camp but authorities stopped the train.

"People exhorted by fake news were misled because of their hope. They want to pass the border so they believed in the fake news", Greece’s migration minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Saturday.

Topstory minus plus

Opinion minus plus

Newspost minus plus

Editorial minus plus

National minus plus

World minus plus

Sports minus plus

Business minus plus

Karachi minus plus

Lahore minus plus

Islamabad minus plus

Peshawar minus plus