Police Intervene as Refugees Brawl in Greek Mainland Hotspot



Scaramangas camp (file photo)

Violence erupted on Tuesday at a refugee camp on the Greek mainland identified earlier this month by a government minister as one of the locations which needed to see a reduction in migrant numbers.

Reports say fighting broke out between Kurds and Syrians at the Skaramangas hotspot in the early hours of the morning, for reasons unknown. One person was injured and another resident was detained by Greek police.

Skaramangas is a port area in the western Athens region.

On May 14, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas, speaking to the Athens News Agency radio station Praktoreio, said: “I believe we must relieve and ease Lagadikia and Diavata, as well as Skaramangas and the islands.”

The minister said it is imperative that refugees be hosted in apartments in cities and towns across Greece.

“What we want is for more municipalities to cooperate in order for this programme to proceed at a satisfactory rate,” he said.