Violence Breaks Out Between Police and Demonstrators

Feb 28, 2020

On 26 February 2020, significant violence broke out between police officers and residents of the eastern Greek islands of Chios and Lesvos during a third consecutive day of demonstrations organized to protest government attempts to construct new migrant detention centers. In Chios, approximately 2,000 people participated in the demonstrations; a group of locals also broke into a hotel and attacked police officers. At least eight police officers were injured in the attack. Additional clashes occurred on the neighboring island of Lesvos, where more than 1,000 residents attempted to block a construction project. Police officers fired tear gas after protesters threw projectiles and attempted to gain access to the construction site. At least 43 police officers and 10 protesters were injured during the clashes on Lesvos. Government officials have ordered the withdrawal of most riot police officers from both islands in an effort to curb the violence.

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