Asylum Seekers Taken from Athens Squats to be Moved to Migrant Camps



Greek authorities announced on Tuesday that a total of 134 asylum seekers who were evicted from squats in Exarchia in downtown Athens will be moved to state reception facilities in the next several days.

The 134 migrants – chiefly consisting of families from Afghanistan and Iraq – have been staying in a hotel in Thrakomakedones, eastern Attica, since their eviction. Another nine economic migrants face deportation from the country.

The squats were boarded up on Tuesday but police remain on guard amid fears that anarchists will try to reoccupy them.

Three self-styled anarchists who were arrested during Monday’s raids – a 65-year-old Frenchman and two Greeks, aged 41 and 57 – were released, pending trial next month on charges of disturbing the peace.

Self-styled anarchists also lobbed homemade firebombs at a riot police unit stationed at Exarchia in the early hours of Wednesday.

Reports suggest that the attacks were related to the police operation to evict asylum seekers from the Athens squats.