Hundreds of Greeks Protest Against Construction of Hot Spot for Refugees

© AFP 2022 / Aris MessinisLife jackets and a boat that were used by refugees and migrants to cross the Aegean sea from Turkey lie abandoned on a beach on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 8, 2015.
Life jackets and a boat that were used by refugees and migrants to cross the Aegean sea from Turkey lie abandoned on a beach on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 8, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Hundreds of residents of the Greek Island of Kos took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against creation of migrant reception center at their island, local media reported.

A firebomb explodes beside a riot police member during a massive protest in Athens on February 4, 2016. - Sputnik International
Violence and Protests Amid Rising Anger in Greece Over Refugees & Austerity
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Currently, Greece is implementing a program of construction of five centers for hosting and registering refugees on country's islands of Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesbos and Samos.

According to CNN Greece, the protesters gathered near the town hall to demand the cancellation of the center's construction.

During the weekend, clashes broke out in different parts of Kos between police and residents, who opposed the construction of the hot spot.

Europe is struggling to find a solution to a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014.

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