Greek riot police fire tear gas at demonstrators protesting against new migrant centre being built on Island of Kos
Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades at crowds of protesters on Kos yesterday as tensions over a new migrant camp flared again.
A nine-year-old boy was injured during the violent clashes on the Greek island, local media reported.
About 2,000 locals marched from the village of Pyli to the proposed site of the facility on an abandoned army base.
It is the latest instance of disorder surrounding the controversial centre.
Last week armed locals blockaded roads, lit fires and hurled petrol bombs at police near the site to try to halt construction.
Meanwhile, a British expat pensioner on the island, who built her villa on top of a hill overlooking the sea in 2004, has taken to carrying an old air rifle for protection.
Former economics lecturer Judith Denby, 68, from Wigan, said: ‘If it was women and children and families on their own, I wouldn’t mind, but my fear is that there will be a lot of single young men roaming around, walking between the camp and the village.
'Until last week … I had total freedom, but that peace of mind has gone. For the first time ever I’m locking my house and my car.’
The registration camp is one of five ‘hotspots’ Greece is building at the request of the EU on a string of islands, designed to accommodate the tens of thousands of refugees who have been making the perilous journey from the Turkish coast, which lies a few miles away.
The centres will allow Greek officials to separate genuine refugees, who will be offered resettlement in the EU, from economic migrants, who will be sent to Athens and then deported to their home countries.
But angry local people are concerned migrants will put off tourists – the island’s main source of income. They also fear large numbers of young male refugees will be allowed to roam the area unhindered.
The mayor of Kos, Giorgos Kyritsis, has warned Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras there will be ‘uncontrollable’ protests unless Athens scraps the plans.
Yesterday’s demonstration began peacefully but turned violent after marchers blocked the road leading to the site and tried to invade it to disrupt building work.
Some surged through police lines, prompting officers to fire stun grenades and canisters of tear gas to regain control.
Kos has 30,000 residents and the centre, around six miles from the island’s port, will have capacity for 6,000 people, meaning migrants will make up a sixth of the population.
Mother-of-five Anna Karagiannis Chatzisevastou, 36, said: ‘This is not about racism, it is about the security of our homes and our children.
‘At the moment the kids can walk to school on their own … but we worry that that will all change … we also worry about terrorism.
‘Greeks are a very hospitable people but this situation has made us feel afraid. The country is already in a horrible economic crisis. It cannot cope.’
Theodosis Giakoumis, 28, who works in a cafe, added: ‘I fear there could be clashes between locals and migrants … some people are saying they could be held here for up to 25 days.’
Despite the fact that police drove off demonstrators with tear gas, this is actually a good thing. Half the island must have turned out to fight for their homeland. What did Americans do that Sunday? Most watched the football game and drank beer.
Rather than fight for our country and our Folk, we frittered the day away watching one of the most racist institutions around: The NFL - which is exactly what ZOG intended us to do.
The entire purpose of organized sports and what comes out of Holly-Jew-Wood is to make a few people obscene amounts of money and to distract the average knothead from what's really important.
For example, did any of you read about this in American newspapers or see it on the TV news? Of course you didn't. For the most part, the American media blacks out this kind of thing because the government doesn't want to give us any ideas.
Aside from entertainment distractions, the other reason people won't do anything is because they aren't sure if enough other people are willing to act to make a difference, and even if there are, they aren't certain if it will do any good. Most people will refuse to fight a hopeless battle. In some ways I can't blame them for that. A hopeless cause is not a good motivator.
That's why the media and the government don't want the American people to know how the Europeans are fighting back. If people realize it is NOT hopeless they are more willing to fight. The government is getting concerned about that and rightfully so.
The lid is on the pot in Europe. It is already starting to blow. When there is a full blown explosion they won't be able to keep it from the American people. That time is getting real close. Our day is coming, have no doubt about it.