Greek islanders block ship delivering supplies to build migrant center – Greek City Times

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Residents of Chios have managed to prevent a cargo ship from delivering materials for the construction of a new migrant center on the Greek island, according to reports.

Chios residents and officials gathered at several ports on the island to hunt down a ship named “Pelagitis” as it attempted to moor and unload machinery and heavy materials for the “Controlled Access Center firm”.

Images of a blockade in the main port of Chios were released by local media on Thursday.

“At the sight of the ship, residents and elected officials stood in front of the mooring ramp, preventing the crew from releasing the ship’s catapult,” reports Politischios.

“Shortly thereafter and while the water sanctification ceremony was underway, the ship left the port where it remained for a short time bound for Mytilene. “

Hours earlier, efforts to unload equipment at the island’s auxiliary port at Mesta were thwarted by another large group of outraged residents.

“The dynamic presence of the population and the immediate response to the appeal of the coordinating committee of elected officials and residents, as well as the local councils of Sykiada and Lagada, made it possible to prevent the unloading of machines in the port of Mesta” , Politischios reported shortly after the incident.

“After nearly an hour of consultations and negotiations between the inhabitants and the police and the port authorities, an agreement was finally reached with the result that the machines did not disembark at Mesta and were reloaded on the Pelagitis vessel . “

The ship then left for Mytilene, the main port and capital of the island of Lesvos, where another asylum camp is expected to be built.

However, local residents were to make similar efforts to stop his arrival, according to Ekathimerini.

“We call on the workers and institutions of Lesbos to rise up. The government’s plans to create new detention centers will not be accepted. The local communities of Chios and Lesbos have spoken; no new migrant center, whether closed or open, ”the Pan-Lesbos Workers Center said in a statement.

Lesbos has been the scene of frequent riots, fires and violence usually started by migrants.

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