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Greek Island Protests: Dozens Hurt as Clashes Increase

More than 60 people have been hurt, many of them riot police, in clashes with protesters on Lesbos and Chios over plans to build new migrant camps in Greece.

Stones were hurled at police as protests intensified at three Lesbos sites where the centres are to be built.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called for calm and is due to meet the regional governor and local mayors to discuss the crisis.

Several police officers were also hurt on Chios.

Authorities in Athens have pledged to build new centres to replace overcrowded facilities on Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Leros and Kos while the government plans to bring down the number of migrants on the islands from 42,000 to 20,000, but there has been intense local opposition to the new centres.

All five islands lie off the coast of Turkey, on a route where hundreds of thousands of migrants have tried to cross the sea on the way to Europe in recent years.

Culled from BBC


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