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Chios residents block ship carrying new migrant centre construction machinery

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Residents and local officials on the Greek island of Chios have blocked a ship carrying construction machinery for the new planned ‘closed’ migrant centre from docking on Thursday, Ekathimerini reports.

Residents of the island had also blocked the ship from docking at the auxiliary port of Mesta on the island earlier the same day.

This occurred despite a small force of police and coast guard officials being present at both ports.

In response, the ship set sail for the island of Lesbos, but is expected to be prevented from docking there as well.

“We call on the workers and institutions of Lesbos to rise up. Government plans to create new detention facilities will not be accepted,” the Pan-Lesbos Workers Center said in a press release.

“The local communities of Chios and Lesbos have spoken; no new migrant center, whether closed or open.”

Source: Ekathimerini.

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