Violence erupts as Greek island of Kos struggles with migrant crisis
Clashes broke out on the small Greek island of Kos on Tuesday as the local government struggled to cope with the mass arrival of migrants and refugees landing on the island in small boats and rubber dinghies from nearby Turkey.
The Greek islands have been overwhelmed by arrivals in recent months. According to UNHCR, at least 124,000 people have arrived on the country’s eastern islands in the first seven months of 2015, a staggering 750% increase on the same period last year.
Many of those who arrive in Kos, a popular tourist destination, had been camping out in the main town’s parks and squares in recent days. Authorities attempted to relocate them to a nearby stadium for registration, but fights broke out among some of the more than 1,000 people crowded together on the narrow streets leading to the stadium Read more…