Immigrants rounded up in sweep of Athens and Greek cities who were being held in a detention center on a former military base in Corinth clashed with police on April 10, leading to 47 Afghans being arrested, authorities said, according to AP.
A police statement said officers fired tear gas alleged to have thrown roof-tiles at them and who set fire to buildings in the complex in southern Greece. An immigrant rights group claimed the trouble started after police beat up a detainee who had refused food to protest the extension of his detention.
More than 5,000 people are held in similar complexes. Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized the detention conditions. Greece is struggling to cope with waves of immigrants who see the country as the easiest gateway to asylum or a stepping-stone to other European Union countries. The government has complained it is not getting enough help from the EU to cope with the numbers.