Locals Protest Detention Center in Northern Greece

    Residents of a northern Greek town have erected barricades along a road leading to a disused army base to prevent it from being turned into the country’s first major detention center for illegal immigrants.
    Residents of Neapoli, a town about 40 kilometers from the Albanian border, said Friday they would man the roadblocks round the clock to prevent construction crews from starting work.

    The protest comes a day after Civil Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said the base near the city of Kozani would be converted into the center and it would start operating mid-April, ahead of general elections expected in late April or early May. It is to house 1,000 illegal immigrants.
    (source: AP)