Monday, October 24, 2016

Weary Migrants Set Fire to Their Camp on Lesbos; Protest Delays on Asylum Claims to Reach Greece

Frustrated protesters denouncing delays in dealing with their asylum claims today (October 24, 2016) set fire to facilities used by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the Greek island of  Lesbos, according to the Euro News website.

About 70 people -- most of them from Pakistan and Bangladesh -- threw rocks and burning blankets at containers inside the Moria camp, damaging several of them. The protesters are upset that it is taking so many days for them to be transported to Greece.

Staff and migrants were safely evacuated. No injuries were reported, but a number of arrests were made.

A spokesman for EASO said, "We have to evaluate security issues and in our view we need more presence of Greece police to be in place."

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