Violent riots: Migrants have taken over camp - volunteers evacuated

Violent riots: Migrants have taken over camp - volunteers evacuated
Stones are thrown at the police, who respond with tear gas. A huge riot has started at the registration center for refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, sources on the island say.

The frustration over the situation at the refugee center Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, and the fear of being sent back to Turkey, has now triggered a huge riot among the camp's 2,000 refugees and migrants.

"There is a rebellion in the Moria camp. Volunteers and medical personnel and EASO (European asylum agency) are, as far as we can hear, been evacuated, and the refugees have reportedly taken control of parts of the camp. Police responded with tear gas, "says Mathilde Løk Olsen, who has been a Danish volunteer at Lesbos since mid-March, to the newspaper BT.

Greek police, who are attacked by stone-throwing refugees, confirms that there is unrest in the Moria camp, which the Pope visited ten days ago. The unrest is perhaps related to that the camp was visited by the Dutch and the Greek minister for migration on Monday.

The mood in the Moria camp has from time to time been on the boiling point since the EU agreement with Turkey came into force on March 20. The agreement means that Greece, with help from staff from other EU countries, can send refugees and migrants back to Turkey. The agreement also means that the Moria camp has become a closed camp - an internment camp, as some of the humanitarian organizations have called in connection with protests over having to abandon their work in the camp.

"It was the minors who broke out of their part of the detention center, and adult men have apparently joined them after police violence against minors. They have thrown stones at the police and broken into other departments to destroy things and set fire to stuff. Police responded with tear gas. Volunteers, staff and families have been evacuated," says Mathilde Løk Olsen, from Lesbos.

She says that several of the refugees and migrants in the camp have been held there since March 20 - including several of the minors.

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