Greek Police Clash With Residents Over Building Refugee Center

© AFP 2022 / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI Migrants wash themselves on August 16, 2015 in the abandoned Captain Elias hotel on the Greek Aegean island of Kos, where migrants arriving to the island have found shelter
Migrants wash themselves on August 16, 2015 in the abandoned Captain Elias hotel on the Greek Aegean island of Kos, where migrants arriving to the island have found shelter - Sputnik International
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Police officers used tear gas against residents of the Greek island of Kos, who protest against proposed establishment of a screening center for refugees in their locality, according to local media.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Residents of the Greek island of Kos clashed Friday with police over the proposed establishment of a screening center for refugees in their locality, leaving two people injured, local media reported.

According to the Kathimerini newspaper, the protesters gathered at the center's construction site earlier in the day and tried to interrupt the ongoing work. Police officers used tear gas and two locals were taken to a hospital. Many people experienced breathing problems from exposure to the gas.

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As many as four riot police units have been present on Kos since Friday morning, and will remain deployed there until the center has been completed.

Europe is currently struggling to cope with a massive refugee influx, with millions of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of asylum in stable and wealthy EU states. Most refugees travel from Turkey to the Greek islands before continuing onward to mainland Europe.

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