Asylum seekers charged over arson and violence during migrant protest in Lesvos island



Authorities on the island of Lesvos have charged 14 asylum seekers with violence against hotspot workers, disturbance of peace, property damage, attempt to cause grievous bodily harm, arson, as well as violations of gun legislation.

The eleven men and three women were identified by the Mytilini Security Directorate on Monday and accused of the illegal activities during a protest march of Afghani nationals from the Moria migrant camp carried out on February 3rd, 2020.

According to the case file submitted to Mytilini's Public Prosecutor's Office, on the morning of February 3, the individuals in question prevented the regular distribution of food to residents at the Moria refugee reception and identification facility, triggering tensions that led to the police's immediate intervention.

Later, they joined a rally at the Kara Tepe area, followed by a march to the town of Mytilini. Along the way, the individuals named allegedly incited and took part in violent incidents, throwing stones and other objects against police forces and also lighting fires.