Greek Communities Resist Migrant Temporary Settlements



The atmosphere in Giannitsa, northern Greece, early on Sunday morning was volatile as residents tried to prevent buses carrying 100-150 migrants and refugees from settling in an area hotel.

According to a SKAI TV report, about 30 locals blocked the road, trying to prevent the buses from reaching the hotel.

Police quickly arrived and created a passageway for the buses to approach the hotel. The refugees and migrants were able to enter the hotel after the road was cleared.

However, the residents quickly went to the local police station and filed a lawsuit protesting the town’s acceptance of the migrants.

This was the third incident in three days where local residents in three different parts of Greece rose up in revolt against the government’s decision to house refugees and asylum seekers in certain areas for an indefinite period of time.

On Saturday, the may of Kos and island residents, using municipal vehicles, blocked the island’s port in order to prevent 77 migrants and refugees who were scheduled to be housed on the island.

Previous to the blocking of the port, Kos Mayor Theodosis Nikitaras had posted a statement on social media asking for the government to ease the burden of the already-overcrowded hot spot on the island by sending some of the migrants to the mainland.

On Friday, Leros Mayor Michalis Kollias and island residents decided to block a ship carrying 40 migrants who had been on the island of Symi.

The mayor characterized the current conditions prevailing on the island as “unacceptable,” as approximately 3,000 foreign nationals are already living in camps on the small island.