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Migrants, police clash at Corinth detention centre

47 Afghan detainees arrested as a result

Migrants have been detained throughout the country under the Xenios Zeus operation (Eurokinissi) Migrants have been detained throughout the country under the Xenios Zeus operation (Eurokinissi) Tensions in the migrant detention centre of Corinth on Wednesday have resulted in 47 arrests. 

Human rights groups claim the riots were sparked after police beat up a detainee who had refused food to protest the extension of his detention.

A police statement says officers fired tear gas at detainees alleged to have thrown roof-tiles at them and set fire to buildings in the complex outside the town of Corinth. Ultimately, a group of 47 Afghan migrants were arrested and taken to a nearby police station. They await criminal prosecution. 

The Corinth centre experienced tensions Tuesday night as well, with two Algerian migrants climbing onto the centre's roof and threatening to jump off before eventually being talked into backing down.

As many as 2000 migrants in detention centre throughout the country began a hunger strike earlier in the week. Members of United Against Racism and Fascist Violence held a press conference in Athens to explain the situation at the detention centres. They said police stations are being converted into makeshift detention centres and accused officials of covering up incidents of abuse and even torture.

More than 5,000 people are estimated to be detained nationwide under the Xenios Zeus operation that began last August.

Enet English, AP 

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