UPDATED 11:31 AM PT – Friday, September 11, 2020
Thousands of migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos took to the streets in protest after the destruction of a migrant camp.
Police blockaded the road to the island’s town Friday when migrants protested the rebuilding of the camp, which burned down in a fire Tuesday. The fire was allegedly started by people who were angry on part of recent coronavirus restrictions that were imposed at the camp.
VIDEO: Chanting "freedom" and "Germany," thousands of migrants left homeless after a refugee camp was gutted by fires on the Greek island of Lesbos protest a ban to travel to Greece's mainland.@ElenaBec and @imlavin report: https://t.co/sIjrrOHHnd pic.twitter.com/rgsiGQYqlF
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France and Germany said they would be sending relief to the former camp with France’s president urging European countries to help resettle the migrants.
“Yes, the German government has decided that we will bring aid supplies to Moria in Greece to support a new refugee camp,” stated Michael Walsdorf, a spokesperson for the THW of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. “We have loaded camp beds and tents last night, the team is gathering right now.”
The camp was considered the largest refugee camp in Europe. It housed around 13,000 people, which was well beyond the camp’s 2,200 person maximum capacity.