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Greek islanders protest construction of migrant centers
Riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing protesters angry over the creation of a new detention center for migrants, the latest bout of unrest over the matter.

The Athens government infuriated residents of five Aegean islands - all straddling a key route to Europe used by thousands of migrants - by announcing two weeks ago that it would expedite the construction of secured detention centers to replace open-access, severely overcrowded camps.

Local residents say they are concerned such an arrangement could become permanent.

In a second straight day of disturbances on Wednesday, local crowds tried to approach a site earmarked for a new migrant center, triggering clashes with helmeted police on a road winding through a hilly forest.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police...
LESBOS, Greece
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police...
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
A man covers his face to protect from tear gas as demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed...
LESBOS, Greece
A man covers his face to protect from tear gas as demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed...
A man covers his face to protect from tear gas as demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police...
LESBOS, Greece
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police...
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, kicks a tear gas canister...
LESBOS, Greece
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, kicks a tear gas canister...
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, kicks a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police...
LESBOS, Greece
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police...
Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, reacts next to a fire...
LESBOS, Greece
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, reacts next to a fire...
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, reacts next to a fire during clashes with riot police in the area of Diavolorema on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
Demonstrators who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, confront riot police...
LESBOS, Greece
Demonstrators who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, confront riot police...
Demonstrators who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, confront riot police during clashes, in the area of Diavolorema on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
Riot police walk past burning tree branches as they clash with demonstrators, who oppose the building...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police walk past burning tree branches as they clash with demonstrators, who oppose the building...
Riot police walk past burning tree branches as they clash with demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, in the area of Diavolorema on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, prepares to throw...
LESBOS, Greece
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, prepares to throw...
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, prepares to throw a petrol bomb at riot police during clashes, in the area of Diavolorema on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
Riot police charge at demonstrators who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police charge at demonstrators who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre...
Riot police charge at demonstrators who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre during clashes in the area of Diavolorema on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, kicks back a tear...
LESBOS, Greece
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, kicks back a tear...
A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, kicks back a tear gas canister at riot police during clashes, in the area of Diavolorema on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 26, 2020
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, take part in a demonstration...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, take part in a demonstration...
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, take part in a demonstration in the city of Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot...
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot police, in the area of Karava, on the island of Lesbos, Greece February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A local, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, stands in front of a riot...
LESBOS, Greece
A local, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, stands in front of a riot...
A local, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, stands in front of a riot police cordon, in the area of Karava, on the island of Lesbos, Greece February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot...
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot police, in the area of Karava, on the island of Lesbos, Greece February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot...
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, flee tear gas fired by riot police, in the area of Karava, on the island of Lesbos, Greece February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A police water cannon advances as Locals, who oppose building of a new closed migrant detention centre,...
LESBOS, Greece
A police water cannon advances as Locals, who oppose building of a new closed migrant detention centre,...
A police water cannon advances as Locals, who oppose building of a new closed migrant detention centre, stage a protest in the area of Karava, on the island of Lesbos, Greece February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Locals scuffle with riot police at the area where the government plans to build a new closed migrant...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals scuffle with riot police at the area where the government plans to build a new closed migrant...
Locals scuffle with riot police at the area where the government plans to build a new closed migrant detention centre, in Karava on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Riot police fire tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police fire tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements...
Riot police fire tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Riot police deploy on the slope of a hill as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police deploy on the slope of a hill as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant...
Riot police deploy on the slope of a hill as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road in Karava on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A local is seen injured following scuffles with riot police during a protest against the building of...
LESBOS, Greece
A local is seen injured following scuffles with riot police during a protest against the building of...
A local is seen injured following scuffles with riot police during a protest against the building of a new closed migrant detention centre in Karava on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A fire burns as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road...
LESBOS, Greece
A fire burns as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road...
A fire burns as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road to riot police, in Karava on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A man is seen amid tear gas smoke as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention...
LESBOS, Greece
A man is seen amid tear gas smoke as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention...
A man is seen amid tear gas smoke as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road to riot police, in Karava on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road to riot police,...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road to riot police,...
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road to riot police, in Karava on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, stand next to a fire as they...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, stand next to a fire as they...
Locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, stand next to a fire as they block the road to riot police, in Karava on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A fire burns as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road...
LESBOS, Greece
A fire burns as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road...
A fire burns as locals, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, block the road to riot police, in Karava on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A man confronts a riot police officer during a protest by locals trying to prevent the arrival of a ferry...
LESBOS, Greece
A man confronts a riot police officer during a protest by locals trying to prevent the arrival of a ferry...
A man confronts a riot police officer during a protest by locals trying to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre,...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre,...
Riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, arrive on a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre,...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre,...
Riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, arrive on a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Tear gas smoke rises during a protest by locals trying to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot...
LESBOS, Greece
Tear gas smoke rises during a protest by locals tryin to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot...
Tear gas smoke rises during a protest by locals trying to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A man wears a Greek national flag during a protest by locals trying to prevent the arrival of a ferry...
LESBOS, Greece
A man wears a Greek national flag during a protest by locals trying to prevent the arrival of a ferry...
A man wears a Greek national flag during a protest by locals trying to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Riot police fire tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police fires tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements...
Riot police fire tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Locals run amid tear gas smoke as they try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals run amid tear gas smoke as they try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements...
Locals run amid tear gas smoke as they try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Riot police fires tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police fires tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements...
Riot police fires tear gas as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Riot police stand guard behind a fence that was brought down by locals who try to prevent the arrival...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police stand guard behind a fence that was brought down by locals who try to prevent the arrival...
Riot police stand guard behind a fence that was brought down by locals who try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Locals, who try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements, sent for monitoring...
LESBOS, Greece
Locals, who try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements, sent for monitoring...
Locals, who try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements, sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, stand next to a damaged fence at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A flare is thrown to riot police by locals who try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police...
LESBOS, Greece
A flare is thrown to riot police by locals who try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police...
A flare is thrown to riot police by locals who try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements, sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
Riot police officers stand guard as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police...
LESBOS, Greece
Riot police officers stand guard as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police...
Riot police officers stand guard as locals try to prevent the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-PROTESTS
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February 25, 2020
A man runs amid tear gas smoke next to municipal garbage trucks blocking the entrance of the port of...
LESBOS, Greece
A man runs amid tear gas smoke next to municipal garbage trucks blocking the entrance of the port of...
A man runs amid tear gas smoke next to municipal garbage trucks blocking the entrance of the port of Mytilene, before the arrival of a ferry carrying riot police reinforcements sent for monitoring the creation of a new closed migrant detention centre, at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
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