Two Injured in Refugee Protest at Diavata Camp



Police continue to guard the area. Photo by Kathimerini

Two people were injured during a Monday morning protest that occurred in Thessaloniki’s refugee camp of Diavata.

Approximately forty refugees and migrants blocked the road outside of the camp, demanding better living conditions. The Diavata area has been covered in snow for several days, and temperatures have continued extremely low, while the camp’s refugees are living in tents.

There was a fight between a truck driver who was in the area and two migrants during the protest, which resulted in injuries to the driver and one of the migrants.

The damaged truck. Photo by ant1news.gr

The driver, speaking with a journalist who was at the scene, accused the migrants of attacking his truck by throwing rocks toward him.

Local police authorities, along with an ambulance, rushed to the area of the incident, and the truck driver and one migrant transferred to Papanikolaou Hospital for treatment.

According to the Associated Press, the Diavata refugee camp has a capacity of hosting 700 people, and the number of refugees and migrants who are currently there is approximately 1,400.