Migrant protesters at Samos’ hotspot of Vathi threw stones and other objects at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
Clashes broke out between police and migrants at the refugee camp, prompting the local Mayor to shut down a nearby elementary school and kindergarten.
Locals and other migrants living in and around the camp headed up the hill on which the camp was built to avoid the conflict.
According to Samos24.gr from early morning around 300 protestors mainly from African nations, were protesting on the roads and demanding they be allowed to leave the island.
Protestors threatened to throw petrol on police, with police using tear gas to stop the attacks.
Many locals were forced to stay home from work due to safety concerns in the area.
The camp in Samos is now more than 11 times overcapacity, with 7,497 people registered as living in and around the facility that was designed to house 648.
Under a 2016 deal between the European Union and Turkey to stop migrant flows into Europe, those who arrive on Greek islands from the Turkish coast are held in island camps pending deportation unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece.
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Posted by Samos24.gr on Wednesday, 18 December 2019