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Greek police fire tear gas at rally protesting construction of refugee center on tourist island

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Police have fired tear gas at protesters on the Greek island of Kos, where several thousand people rallied against the construction of a refugee facility.

Kos is a tourist hub that found itself on the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis last year. Locals fear that migrants will deter holiday makers from visiting the island.

“Some 2,000 people have turned up to the protest on Sunday,” RT’s Nikki Aaron reported from Kos.

“We want them to come, pass by, make their papers, and go away wherever they want to go. Here is a tourist place; we have people that come here for holidays – they can’t stay together [with refugees],” one of the demonstrators explained.

Waving Greek national flags, the people marched from the center of the island to the abandoned army base outside the village of Pylio where the migrant “hotspot” is to be erected.

The construction site was guarded by riot police, who were fully geared and carrying shields.

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https://www.rt.com/news/332441-greece-kos-migrants-protest-police/

Here's what the taxpayers get when they protest, teargas and riot police in full gear paid for by the very people they are using it against. Double slap.

 

Published on Feb 14, 2016

Police used tear gas against protesters, many affiliated to the far-right party Golden Dawn party, during a demonstration against the creation of a screening centre for refugees near Pyli on the Greek island of Kos, Sunday.

Hundreds of protesters marched near the site where the centre is due to be built, holding Greek flags while chanting the national anthem. Scuffles broke out when the protesters tried to break the police blockade and access the centre's construction site. Riot police responded by firing rounds of tear gas against the demonstrators, including children.

Kos city council is due to hold a referendum on Tuesday deciding whether plans to build the screening centre will continue.

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I am afraid for this touristic season in Greece. Like in Turkey where exists high risk of terroristic attacks. By the way in Greece still does not have terrosrist, but political situation is not brilliant, and maybe they are on edge of beginning of civil war. They already increased prices this summer and with migrant "occupation" of its islands , they are in big problem. I hope EU will find some solution.

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The thing that drives me nuts is the fact that the people are very opposed to more immigration and don't want the ones that are there to begin with! Another thing is this country has put capital controls on its own population because they don't have money but somehow have the funds to put up a new refugee facility? Gee I wonder why the native population is pissed? Lol! Mystery of the universe. ? 

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Horrible!
The Governments have failed the people.
They/we have no choice but to fight now.

This is from last August and it isn't in English but just skim through it.
You'll get the idea of how many there are and how bad it is for the locals.

 

 

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18 hours ago, Lucy Barnable said:

Horrible!
The Governments have failed the people.
They/we have no choice but to fight now.

This is from last August and it isn't in English but just skim through it.
You'll get the idea of how many there are and how bad it is for the locals.

 

 

Yeah. It's terrible. I watched some clips too, where fishermen tried to help with their boats. By the way Greece already has an economic crisis. With this invasion they are gonna sink.  Income  from tourism comes mostly from islands, and this migrant crisis is the negative campaign. It will avert tourist of visiting Aegean islands for sure. But when we look the problem from macroscopic point of view, entire Europe is affected. We will see what is gonna happen,next. If EU do not find the solution for migrant crisis, Europe will be in big problem, because 600 000 migrants are waiting on Syrian-Turkish border.

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