Refugees and migrants at Moria camp on Lesvos continue protests

Afghan migrants and refugees staying at the migrant reception facility in Moria on Saturday continued to protest, demanding greater safety within the camp and that their asylum applications be given equal treatment with those of Syrians.

A group of Afghan families, including a number of small children, on Saturday morning marched from Moria to Mytilene, the island’s main town, but were prevented from entering the centre by riot police waiting on the town’s outskirts. Traffic was diverted to enable cars to enter the town via alternative routes.

In spite of this, the protestors remained at the scene until 14:30 on Saturday afternoon, carrying out a sitting demonstration in front of the police van. Once shops were closed, roughly 100 people were allowed to continue their march to the centre, up to the central square.