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Greece: Tensions at Chios continue as refugees occupy port02:35

Greece: Tensions at Chios continue as refugees occupy port

Greece, Chios
April 8, 2016 at 02:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Clashes erupted at the main port on the Greek island of Chios, Thursday evening, as police and municipal authorities attempted to remove around 300 refugees that have been occupying the port since last Friday.

A group of around 150 anti-refugee protesters were also at the location, which created further tensions between the police, activists and refugees. 30 refugees were eventually detained and transferred to the Souda detention centre.

Greece began deporting refugees back to Turkey from the islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday, as part of the controversial EU-Turkey refugee agreement. Under the deal reached between the EU and Turkey on March 18, European countries will take in one Syrian refugee directly out of Turkey for every refugee returned from Greece. The EU also offered Turkey €6 billion ($6.7 billion), double the initial €3 billion ($3.3 billion) that was agreed to in November 2015.

Human rights groups have been heavily critical of the deal, with The UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, saying that its implementation could amount to a violation of human rights.

Greece: Tensions at Chios continue as refugees occupy port02:35
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Clashes erupted at the main port on the Greek island of Chios, Thursday evening, as police and municipal authorities attempted to remove around 300 refugees that have been occupying the port since last Friday.

A group of around 150 anti-refugee protesters were also at the location, which created further tensions between the police, activists and refugees. 30 refugees were eventually detained and transferred to the Souda detention centre.

Greece began deporting refugees back to Turkey from the islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday, as part of the controversial EU-Turkey refugee agreement. Under the deal reached between the EU and Turkey on March 18, European countries will take in one Syrian refugee directly out of Turkey for every refugee returned from Greece. The EU also offered Turkey €6 billion ($6.7 billion), double the initial €3 billion ($3.3 billion) that was agreed to in November 2015.

Human rights groups have been heavily critical of the deal, with The UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, saying that its implementation could amount to a violation of human rights.

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