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Greece: Migrant camps see first cases of COVID-19

A migrant camp in Greece has been placed in quarantine after 23 asylum seekers tested positive for the Chinese COVID-19 virus, the Greek government announced on Thursday.

Although the announcement is the first of its kind, it follows long-held fears that the pandemic would eventually spread to the overcrowded migrant camps, Reuters reports.

Those fears have now been realized.

The tests were carried out at the migrant facility after a 19-year-old migrant woman who is living at the camp tested positive after giving birth at a hospital in the Greek capital last week. The migrant woman was the first recorded COVID-19 case among the asylum seekers currently living in Greece’s overcrowded camps.

After authorities backtracked who the 19-year-old had been in contact with, 63 additional migrants were tested for the virus. Ultimately, 21 migrants living in the same camp tested positive for the virus.

Of the 21 confirmed cases, authorities say that not one person showed any symptoms, adding that it would continue conducting tests in the coming days and that the camp would be quarantined for two weeks.

Greece is currently hosting more than 40,000 migrants at its various camps. The Greek government has repeatedly referred to those camps as a “ticking health bomb”.

Earlier this week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis – while urging the EU to help improve conditions at the camps – said that the government was doing its best to protect the islands from the spread of the virus.

“Thank God we haven’t had a single case of COVID-19 on the island of Lesbos or any other island,” said Mitsotakis

“But I should also point out that Greece is dealing with this problem basically on its own… We haven’t had as much support from the European Union as we want,” the Greek prime minister added while urging the EU do more to help.

As of this report, Greece has recorded 1,544 cases of the virus and 53 total deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.
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Turkish ships preparing to smuggle illegal immigrants spotted by Greeks

The Greek Navy has spotted around six Turkish cargo ships preparing to smuggle illegal migrants to the Greek islands in the last few days, according to reports.

Athens is concerned about a repeat scenario of an incident in mid-March which saw a cargo ship that had departed Çanakkale, Turkey run aground in the port of Jia with nearly 200 illegal migrants who Greek authorities later had to move inland, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reports.

Despite Greece having managed the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic quite successfully so far, recording just 60 new cases on Saturday, the same cannot be said for Turkey which recorded 3,148 new cases of the virus yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in Turkey to 30, 217.

Greek authorities estimate that, in the coming days, one or two of the cargo ships that have been spotted preparing to smuggle migrants will more than likely try to exit the port to the Aegean to smuggle hundreds of migrants to one of Greece’s islands or islets.

To guard against this, the Greek navy and coastguard are on high alert. In the case that the Greek coastguard isn’t able to deter the Turkish smugglers, Greece’s naval warships will be called upon to respond to a crisis that could involve harassment by Turkish coastguard and naval personnel.

Earlier this month Turkey threatened to send more migrants to the European Union’s border as soon as the global COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

“When the coronavirus pandemic is over, we are not going to deter any immigrants who want to return to the Greek-Turkish border in Pazar,” Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said.
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Migrants on ‘lockdown’ do ‘battle’ on Lesbos; turn against local people
Why the groups decided to do battle with one another is not known. However, after fighting with what appears to have been wooden sticks, the migrants turned their attention against local Greeks, with some reportedly hurling rocks at a car driving by, according to the Greek City Times.

As of this report, nearly 50,000 migrants and asylum seekers are currently being housed on the island of Lesbos. Of that 50,00, roughly 20,000 people live in and around Moria camp. Prior to the Chinese COVID-19 outbreak, the situation on Lesbos and at Moria was already dire. As Voice of Europe has chronicled in the past few months, several fires and riots have broken out on the island as a result of increased tensions between locals and the migrants.
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How awfull :ohmy: Those people come not to contribute to European society but to destroy it.
Greece: Angry migrants chop down 5,000 olive trees on Lesbos

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Days after video footage surfaced showing groups of migrant men ignoring social distancing measures and ridiculing the police officers trying to enforce them, illegal migrants from the Moria camp on the Greek island have struck again, chopping down 5,000 olive trees.

The destruction of these olive trees, which can take 65 to 80 years to reach stable yields, is being viewed as an assault on Greek history, culture, and identity, as well as an attack against the island’s local economy, the Greek City Times reports.

The olive tree is one of the most ubiquitous symbols in Greece and classical Western civilization. Among other things, to the ancient Greeks, the olive branch served as a symbol of Olympic ideals. It’s for this reason that medalists of the Olympic Games were given “kotinos” – wreaths made of olive branches.

For the ancient Greeks, the olive tree was also viewed as a symbol of peace, wisdom, fertility, and victory, and was believed to have been a gift from Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

The island’s local economy will suffer for years to come as a result of the destruction of these decades-old olive trees. Each year, olive exports contribute nearly 650 million euros to Greece’s national economy.

The chopping down of the olive trees will inevitably escalate tensions – which have already been boiling over for months now –between local Greeks and the illegal migrants.

The Moria migrant camp, which is home to roughly half of the 50,000 illegal immigrants who are living on Lesbos, has been a tinderbox for some time now.

Last month, Voice of Europe reported on an Orthodox Greek Church that was trashed by angry migrants from the Moria camp.
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A Iraqi woman died in a Greek migrant camp, and that is the fault of the gouvernement migrants say.
Fire wrecks Greek migrant camp after Iraqi death sparks unrest

Woman, 47, dies after visiting hospital with fever but testing negative for coronavirus

A fire ripped through one of Greece’s largest migrant camps leaving widespread damage and many people homeless after the death of an Iraqi woman sparked unrest.

The blaze late on Saturday at the Vial refugee camp on Chios island destroyed the facilities of the European asylum service, a canteen, warehouse tents and many housing containers, Greek migration ministry secretary Manos Logothetis said.

“A large part of the camp’s administrative services was destroyed,” said Logothetis, adding that no injuries were reported.

The UN refugee agency’s spokesperson in Athens Boris Cheshirkov said the damage is still being evaluated but that many camp residents have likely been left homeless.

“Authorities are still assessing the damages but a few hundred people are likely affected because their shelters have burned down. We have donated tents to the authorities which can quickly be put into use and we will assist in replacing the warehouse tents,” he said.

At least three vehicles outside the camp were also gutted.
A police source in Athens said two Afghans and an Iraqi had been arrested in relation to the unrest, which erupted after a 47-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq died in the camp on Saturday.

“We managed to restore order at around 1am ... There were many people who took part in the incidents,” another police source on Chios said.

Migrant camps in Greece have been under quarantine in recent weeks, with authorities trying to keep their residents away from locals.

The virus has so far killed 110 people in Greece with 67 more in intensive care.

According to official figures there have been coronavirus cases in two camps on the mainland but no cases have been reported in island camps so far.

As with all of Greece’s island camps, Vial is particularly overcrowded with more than 5,000 people living in a space intended for around 1,000.

Some 100,000 asylum seekers are currently stranded in Greece after other European states closed their borders in 2016.
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Greece: Over 100 migrants staying at hotel infected with Wuhan coronavirus

Greek medical authorities on Tuesday announced that over 100 migrants staying at a hotel on the country’s mainland have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.

The hotel, which located in Kranidi, Peloponnese, is being temporarily rented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to accommodate migrants and asylum seekers. After a 28-year-old pregnant migrant from Somalia tested positive for the virus on Monday, medical workers then carried out tests on all of the residents who’re being housed at the hotel, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reports.

Of the 470 migrants who’re staying at the hotel, more than 100 tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus. The migrants, most of whom are from sub-Saharan African, have been under quarantine since last week after a hotel employee tested positive for the virus.

Sotiris Tsiodras, an infectious disease expert and the coronavirus spokesman for the Greek Health Minister, visited the hote; along with Nikos Hardalias, the Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardalias, to coordinate efforts to prevent the virus from spreading more.

Officials from the Health Ministry are expected to announce the precise number of confirmed infections later in the day at a press conference.

As of this report, Greece has recorded 2,245 COVID-19 cases and 116 virus deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.
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EU to pay for migrant’s hotel accommodations on Greece’s mainland

The Greek migration ministry has approved a plan to move 2,380 migrants from reception centers located on its Eastern Aegean islands to hotels and apartment accommodations on its mainland.

The plan, which comes as European economies suffer massive losses as a result of the Wuhan coronavirus, is being organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations. The European Union will foot the enormous bill.

The transfer of 200 migrants over the age of 60 and their families along with 1,730 migrants with prior ailments and their families, began on April 19th and will be conducted over a two-week period, according to a report from InfoMigrants.

During an online press conference, the head of the Greek branch of the IOM Gianluca Rocac said that “hoteliers are interested in housing migrants at this point for a limited amount of time, while the ongoing UN program to house refugees will continue as well.”

Rocca said that the IOM will do its best to provide accommodations for 5,000 migrants over the next two months, adding that one of the most pressing issues is to find jobs for the migrants after the virus crisis is over.

At present, it’s not exactly clear just how much the transfers and accommodations will cost EU taxpayers.

As of this report, no cases of the COVID-19 virus have been recorded in any of the camps on Greece’s eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Leros, and Kos. As Voice of Europe has reported on, outbreaks of the virus have occurred at two camps on Greece’s mainland.
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WATCH: Fire rips through migrant camp on Greek island

According to local reports, the blaze started after a clash broke out between different ethnic groups inside the camp. Another fire started later that night, and both were later extinguished.

Thanks to a quick response from the island’s firefighters, the blaze was contained to one section of the camp. Authorities are now investigating the cause of the fire.
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Greece: Migrants attack church on Lesvos, again

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Migrant attacks on Greek Orthodox churches on the island of Lesvos have become commonplace recently. Now, the Saint Catherine church in the town of Moria has been subjected to the latest atrocity.

Photos that have been released in a report by Greek City Times show the church to be thoroughly vandalised, with religious icons broken and thrown on the floor.

And last month, the Saint Raphael church, which is located near the island’s migrant camp, was also attacked, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.

Moria is home to one of the Greek islands’ main reception centres for illegal migrants. The islands are currently hosting more than 50,000 migrants, with half of them located on Lesvos alone. The residential population of Lesvos only numbers approximately 90,000.

Although the people of Lesvos were considered for the Nobel Prize in 2016 for their willingness to take in such large numbers of people, many are now reconsidering their generosity, especially as violence and vandalism have become everyday occurrences on an island which, prior to the migrant crisis, had very little crime.

Migrants on the island have ruined other sites as well, including chopping down thousands of olive trees and filling the waterways with garbage. Faced with the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, defiant migrants turned their anger against their hosts, defying police and hurling stones at passing cars. And last month, an Afghan migrant murdered another near the Moria camp.

Attacks on churches are particularly shocking for the locals given that the people of Lesvos are deeply religious.
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Illegal migrants land on Lesvos as locals riot against migrant transfers to Greek mainland

Around 50 illegal boat migrants successfully landed on the Greek island of Lesvos on Wednesday amid strict lockdown measures that are in place across the country. Days earlier, locals on Greece’s mainland prevented buses filled with migrants from transferring the migrants to their new accommodations.

According to a report from the Greek City Times, it’s the first group of migrants to illegally reach the Greek shores since April 1st.

The boat, which was carrying African and Afghan migrants, landed at about 7 am on the northwestern side of the island at Kalo Limani, away from the typical places of disembarkation on the eastern and northeastern side of the island, reports Analitis.

Due to the restrictive measures put in place by the Greek government to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, the migrants will be quarantined in the area for 14 days.

Days earlier, a group of 150 locals prevented buses carrying 57 migrants from reaching their new hotel accommodation in the municipality of Panagitsa, in northern Greece. The protesters hurled stones at the vehicles, set fire to roadblocks and a room on the hotel’s ground floor, News 24/7 Greece reports.

After failing to transport the migrants to the Panagitsa hotel, authorities decided to head to a different hotel in Arnissa. Upon their arrival at the hotel, police were greeted by 250 protesters who set fires and hurled projectiles.

Because police refused to engage in an open conflict with the protesters and considered the situation to be dangerous, they escorted the migrants to another hotel in Chalkidona, Thessaloniki.

On Wednesday, during a speech given to a parliamentary committee working on migration legislation, Migration & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said that while Greece upholds the rights of asylum seekers, it remains committed to the security its own citizens.

“Our country respects International Law and the rights of those applying for asylum, which are absolutely respected, but I have not heard anything about the rights of the country and of Greek citizens,” Mitarakis said.

“I have not heard anything about the obligation the Greek state has to protect its borders and its citizens,” he added.
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Greece: Afghan migrants jailed for detention center riot

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say two Afghan men have been jailed for six years and nine months each after being convicted of participating in riots this week at a migrant detention center near the border with Turkey where some 150 unaccompanied minors are being held.

The two men, aged 22 and 23, were found guilty by a court Thursday of causing serious property damage, assault, and participation in a violent revolt and were each fined 1,375 euros. Both men told the court they had not been involved in the violence.

Twenty-six minors, all from Afghanistan, were also arrested following the rioting at the detention center where protesters threw kitchen appliances at police, caused extensive property damage and set fires, according to officials from the detention center.

The minors were to be tried separately at a later date.

Despite repeated complaints by human rights groups, Greece continues to detain many unaccompanied minors. The government says it is trying to expand efforts to move the minors to other European Union countries. About 250 migrants are currently being held at the detention site.
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Hungary donates $30,000 to restore Greek churches trashed by migrants

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Via Greek City Times
Hungary announced earlier this week that it will be donating thousands of dollars to help restore churches on the Greek island of Lesvos which have been trashed by illegal immigrants in the past months.

Tristan Azbej, Hungary’s State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, on Friday announced that the Hungarian state would be contributing $30,000 to help repair churches which have been vandalized by migrants on the Aegean island.

“As a part of the Hungary Helps Program, we’re contributing 30,000 USD to the refurbishment of churches vandalized by immigrants on the Greek island of Lesbos,” Azbej wrote. “I hope our messages about protecting Christian heritage & about illegal migration get through.”

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In March, photos of the Saint Raphael church which had been severely vandalized be illegal migrants on Lesvos surfaced and circulated on social media. The migrants smashed the church’s windows, knocked over alters, ripped pictures from the walls, and scattered debris in an apparent bid to express their dissatisfaction with the Greek government for limiting their “right” to move freely throughout Europe.

Then in May, migrants from the Moria camp on Lesvos struck again, ravaging the Saint Catherine church. Again, photos surfaced which showed that the church had been thoroughly vandalized. Like they had done a month earlier, the migrants broke religious icons and made an absolute mess of the place.

Illegal migrants on the island of Lesvos have destroyed other symbols of Western culture as well.

In April, Voice of Europe reported that migrants from the Moria camp chopped down 5,000 olive trees on the island. The brazen act was viewed by many as an assault on Greek history, culture, identity, as well as an attack on the island’s local economy.
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Greece: Migrants attack another church, migrant camp quarantined for Wuhan virus

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Illegal migrants attacked another church on the Greek island of Lesvos recently, throwing stones through its windows. Additionally, the migrant camp at Nea Kavala on the Greek mainland has been quarantined after the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was discovered there.

The church, which is near the Moira migrant camp on Lesvos, is the latest in a string of churches in the region that have been attacked and desecrated by migrants, as previously reported by Voice of Europe. Makis Pavlellis, a local resident, said that “something very bad and dangerous has been going on for four months in the area,” according to a report by Greek City Times. “It looks organised and directed.”

Lesvos, which has a residential population of approximately 85,000, is currently hosting an estimated 25,000 illegal migrants, with half of them living at the Moira camp. Residents, while initially welcoming, have grown tired of their presence given the rise in incidents of disrespect, crime, and violence perpetrated by migrants.

Hungary has contributed $30,000 to help with restoring the damaged churches, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.

Meanwhile, in northern Greece, the migrant camp at Nea Kavala was quarantined yesterday after a pregnant woman tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, according to another report by Greek City Times. Greek health authorities are now in the process of testing all of the camp’s residents.

The mayor of nearby Peonia ordered the closing of six schools where migrant children have been attending classes as a precaution. The buildings are being disinfected.

Migrants were transferred to Nea Kavala in northern mainland Greece from camps on the islands in the Aegean recently. The move was carried out to relieve overcrowding in the camps, which were considered at high risk for an outbreak of the virus. Spreading the migrants out was intended to enable them to practice social distancing measures.
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What a shame. The slow-growing trees take 65 to 80 years to reach stable yields
Greece: Illegal migrants destroy olive grove, more going to Germany

Another olive grove on the Greek island of Lesvos was destroyed by illegal migrants recently. Germany also announced yesterday that they will be taking more migrants from the Greek islands.

The olive grove that was burned down was near the Moira migrant camp, the largest one on the island. It had only been planted a few years ago. “What can agriculture and livestock offer you now?” said Makis Pavlellis, a local resident who has been photographing the many incidents of wanton destruction perpetrated by migrants, according to a report by Greek City Times. “See your interest, rent your fields to NGOs.”

Illegal migrants have already chopped down thousands of olive trees on the island, as previously reported by Voice of Europe. There have also been many instances of churches being vandalised and desecrated by the mostly Muslim criminals, as well as attacks on the police and locals.

The Greek islands in the Aegean Sea have been on the front lines of the migrant crisis from the beginning, and the official number of illegal migrants currently being hosted there is upwards of 40,000. Approximately half of those are living on the island of Lesvos. The locals were initially welcoming, but many are now tired of the migrants given their destructive impact on the island.

Most migrants in the Aegean camps are Afghan (49%), followed by Syrians (19%) and Somalis (6%). 45% of them are adult men, 22% are women, and 33% are children.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer, announced yesterday that his country will take an additional 249 migrants from the Greek islands, according to another report by Greek City Times. This is in addition to the 47 the country already accepted in April.

The move is intended to relieve overcrowding in the migrant camps, which are seen as being at high risk of a Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak given their conditions, which restrict migrants’ ability to practice social distancing measures. Several European Union member states have agreed to take migrants from Greece in recent months to support the measure.

Seehofer indicated that most of the migrants they would be taking in are either ill or are young children. Similar claims were made about the migrants who were accepted in April, however, despite the fact that photographs and video of them as they were arriving showed that this was not in fact the case, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.
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Turkish coast guard vessels spotted escorting illegal migrants into Greek waters

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The Hellenic Coast Guard has released video footage which shows three Turkish Coast Guard vessels escorting illegal migrants into Greek territorial waters over the weekend.
On Saturday morning, the Hellenic Coast Guard announced that it had spotted a Turkish vessel with 36 illegal migrants in Turkish waters off the northern coast of Lesvos. The vessel, according to the Greek coast guard, was being escorted by three Turkish coast guard ships.

Despite repeated attempts made by the Hellenic Coast Guard to get in touch with Turkish Coast Guard Forces so that they could recover the migrant vessel and prevent it from entering Greek waters, the Turks simply never responded, Proto Thema reports.

Later that night, after entering Greek waters, the migrant filled vessel was intercepted by a Greek naval ship, whose crew subsequently transported the foreigners to the port of Petra in Mytilene, the capital of Lesvos.

Of the 36 illegal migrants that were disembarked at the port, 16 were men, 10 were women, and 10 were children. All of the migrants were from Afghanistan and Iran. As the illegal migrants disembarked, a group of concerned Greek citizens which live on Lesvos gathered to express their disapproval of both the disembarked migrants and the coast guard officers who had brought them to shore.

On Monday morning, another boat with 36 illegal migrants – reportedly all from Syria – landed on Lesvos. All of the migrants were transferred to reception facility in Kara Tepe, Lesvos, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

So far in June, there have been a four boats carrying a total of 144 illegal migrants which have landed in Lesvos.
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Greek volunteers have fully restored an Orthodox Christian church on the island of Lesvos after it was trashed by a group of illegal migrants last month.

The Saint Catherine Church, located next to the infamous Moria camp, was destroyed by illegal migrants back in May. Photos of the incident’s aftermath showed that the small Greek Orthodox church had be thoroughly vandalized. Migrants which clearly harbor Anti-Greek and anti-Christian sentiments ripped paintings from the Church’s walls and threw religious icons on floor.
Greece: Volunteers restore church trashed by migrants on Lesvos

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“The number one goal of vandals in Moria is its new colours. Ten times they will break it, a hundred times we will fix it.”

This was the message by Makis Pavlellis, a local who lives and works in the town of Moria, the location of the infamous Moria Migrant Camp that has been responsible for the massive spike in crime on the island of Lesvos.

The Saint Catherine church in the small town of Moria hit international headlines when it was trashed by illegal immigrants.

The hard work by the volunteers has finally paid off and the church that was trashed and defecated in by illegal immigrants, has now been fully restored.

There have been many other shocking events that have occurred in Lesvos this year, including two gangs of Afghani immigrants battling each other, African immigrants ridiculing and coughing on police in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of olives trees being destroyed.

In April, the main entrance to the Saint Raphael church close to the Moria migrant camp was also attacked, as reported by Greek City Times. This was just another incident in a string of many attacks against churches.

As a deeply religious society, these attacks on churches are shocking to the Greek people and calls to question whether these illegal immigrants seeking a new life in Europe are willing to integrate and conform to the norms and values of their new countries.

In response to the wave of church attacks, Hungary contributed $30,000 to assist in the restoration of churches in destroyed by illegal immigrants, as reported by Greek City Times.
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How awful . A town in Europe without a mosque. :ohmy:
Greece officially closes one of oldest mosques

Greece has officially closed down one of its oldest prayer halls for muslims in the greater Athens area, a report said on Friday.

The prayer hall was closed following a 15-day notice issued by the education and religious affairs ministry to clear the premises in Pireaus – just 12 kilometers from the Greek capital.

The official religious body issued the decision in June after claiming the Al Andalus prayer hall – which had been operating since 1989 – lacks a license.

Greece is estimated to house a quarter-million Muslims in greater Athens, the only European capital without an official mosque.

While a new mosque opened last June, it still lacks an imam – which needs to be approved by Greek authorities and as a result is not open for worship.

Muslim minorities have accused Greek officials of stalling the appointments of personnel who would make the necessary arrangements for the mosque to operate.

"We are sad to announce that we received a closure order for one of the oldest prayer halls of the capital…without any chance of negotiating with the ministry," the Muslim Association of Greece in a press release late June.

The association accused the Greek government of wanting to "suppress religious expression when it is not coming from the predominant religion".

The prevailing religion in Greece is Christianity, with nearly 90 percent of its population belonging to the Eastern Orthodox Church communion.

"We believe that acceptance and recognition is evolving in society... That is why we consider this unexpected closing a symbolic act on behalf of the government that wants to suppress religious expression when it is not coming from the predominant religion," the Turkish Muslim minority group said.

In the absence of an official mosque, muslims in Greece have been praying in makeshift mosques for years, inside basements, rented apartments, warehouses and garages. Even these spaces have previously been targeted by islamaphobic groups.

In 2017, after construction plans for the Athens mosque were announced, a group of 15 men in military-style clothes immediately occupied the area, hanging Greek flags on fences and proclaiming it a "hot spot for Greeks".
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One Dead, Three Injured After Afghan Migrant Goes on Stabbing Rampage

A 19-year-old migrant from the Ivory Coast has died after being stabbed to death by an Afghan asylum seeker in the notorious Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The attack took place at around 2 am on Monday when an Afghan migrant stole a mobile phone belonging to an African migrant. The situation rapidly became heated, and the Afghan took out a knife and began stabbing other migrants in the camp.

The 19-year-old Ivory Coast man was stabbed in the chest and abdomen and was taken to a nearby hospital in Mytilene where he later died of his injuries. A 33-year-old from the Congo and a 19-year-old also from the Ivory Coast were also hospitalised after being stabbed in the abdomen and the thigh, Proto Thema reports.

Another man, whose nationality is not specified by the newspaper report, was also treated for injuries after being hit in the head. The Afghan who is suspected of carrying out the brutal attack was placed into local police custody.

The stabbing attack is just the latest bout of violence to take place in the notorious Moria migrant camp, which has been filled over capacity for several years.

Last September, at least two migrants, a woman and her child, died after a fire broke out in the camp. The incident triggered riots among the migrant residents who claimed they were angry that it took so long for the emergency services to arrive and put out the fires, which they said led to the deaths.

In August of last year, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called for the Greek government to transfer underage migrants out of the camp after a brawl led to the death of a young resident who was stabbed by a 15-year-old Afghan boy.

“Moria is not the place for children who are alone and have faced profound trauma from events at home and the hardship of their flight. They need special care in designated shelters,” UNHCR representative in Greece Philippe Leclerc said.
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Greece Strengthens Border as Minister Warns of New Migrant Surge

Greek Deputy Minister of Migration and Asylum Giorgos Koumoutsakos has warned that Turkey may unleash another wave of migrants into Greece.

Mr Koumoutsakos said that over the past 15 days, the land border with Turkey in the Evros region had seen a new wave of migratory pressure, warning that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could open the gates for migrants, as he did earlier in the year.

He added that he suspected the Erdogan regime would threaten to open the gates to Europe if sanctions are considered at an EU summit scheduled for the 24th and 25th of September, newspaper Proto Thema reports.

“If Erdogan flirts with the thought of exerting pressure through migration, he may not stop at Evros but move on to the islands,” Koumoutsakos said, referring to the Aegean islands, where migrant camps are already heavily overcrowded.

To help fortify the Evros border even further, Greece is expecting 400 new border guards, agents of the European Union border agency Frontex, and an expansion of the eight miles of fencing already in place by March 2021.

Michalis Chrysochoidis, Greek Minister for Citizen Protection, said the expansion would cost around €63 million (£57m/$74m) to complete, adding: “The mission and character of the fence are defensive. It will contribute to the defence and protection of our country.”

Greece is preparing for the possibility of a repeat of the events that unfolded along the border in late February to March, when the country was inundated by tens of thousands of migrants. The Greek government had claimed to have stopped over 50,000 from entering the country.

Turkey later closed the border due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, but threatened that migrants would return when the pandemic ended.

Since the closure, tensions between Greece and Turkey have risen over Turkish plans to conduct seismic research for natural resources in areas of the Mediterranean sea which Greece claims as part of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Greece has been supported by French President Emmanuel Macron in recent weeks, as well, with the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle recently sent to the area.

Turkish officials have slammed French involvement, accusing France of escalating tensions.
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I wonder if Ali Sina would have supported George W Bush's overthrow of Saddam Hussein if he had known what it would lead to. I was opposed to it at the time because my default position is to be against US foreign policy which I have always regarded as being motivated by nothing more than the financial greed of US plutocrats. Bush and co thought they could overthrow Saddam and set up a Latin American-style puppet regime that would serve US business interests. The American people need to start thinking about who they are voting for and what they are getting up to in the wider world.
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