Fight broke out between refugees and migrants at the BIAL hotspot on the island of Chios on Wednesday, while fires were set in rubbish bins on the site. The incidents were sparked during a protest by women outside the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) huts against the delays in processing asylum applications that had left thousands trapped on Chios and other Aegean islands for many months.
Staff have been evacuated and MAT riot police sent in, along with fire men to put out the fires. According to Chios police, the incidents were on a smaller scale than those in the Moria hotspot in Lesvos three days ago. MAT riot police were also sent in to the Moria camp to act as a “deterrent” on Wednesday, with prosecuting authorities fearing that the recent riots at hotspots “might be acting as a domino effect, with possibly very unpleasant prospects.”