Fake News on Lesvos Makes Refugees, Migrants Rush to Mytilene Port



Tense moments ensued as police officers tried to push back refugees and migrants in Mytilene. Photo Credit: stonisi.gr

The spreading of misinformation aiming to cause new tensions on the Greek island of Lesvos led many refugees and migrants to rush to the port in the capital city of Mytilene on Tuesday, believing that they would be allowed to go to the Greek mainland.

As the local website Sto Nisi reports, unknown individuals have been spreading fake news, either deliberately or unintentionally, that ferries are waiting at the port of Mytilene to transfer them to Piraeus and other port cities on the Greek mainland.

For this reason, dozens of them left the Moria refugee camp and walked to Mytilene only to find out that some as-yet-unknown evil minds had played with their hopes once again.

Many of them had even packed whatever clothes they had and walked to the port, believing that they would somehow be transferred to the mainland, where they would then be free to go anywhere they chose.

Increased numbers of police officers are already stationed at the port, and are urging the refugees and migrants to return to their camps.

The spreading of misinformation, both deliberate and unintentional, appears to be booming these days on Lesvos, as local residents have also been listening to information suggesting that angry migrants, carrying rocks or bats are heading toward the city to cause havoc, which was untrue.

It is still unclear who is playing with this sensitive issue. For example it may be that we are dealing with individuals who enjoy provoking the migrants and stoking tensions  — or it could be a much worse ”game” played by other, unknown powers, which wish to destabilize and disrupt normal life on Lesvos.

Meanwhile, Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis declared once again that Greece will protect the European borders, as it is his ”duty is to protect the sovereignty of my own country.”

My duty is to protect the sovereignty of my own country. At the same time, Greece is also doing Europe a great service….

Posted by Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Live video from the city of Mytilene, where many refugees and migrants are currently waiting,following news that they would be able to leave the island of Lesvos.More: https://bit.ly/2Ig8IH0

Posted by Greek Reporter on Tuesday, March 3, 2020