New tensions erupted on Saturday outside a migrant camp in northern Greece between migrants and Greek police who prevented them from advancing towards the border with North Macedonia.
Hundreds of migrants from camps elsewhere in the country gathered outside the Diavata camp near Thessaloniki after anonymous social media posts over recent days claimed that human rights groups stood ready to assist migrants in crossing into North Macedonia and on to other EU states.
After two coaches left the area on Saturday morning, taking some of the protesting migrants to other camps in northern Greece, a group of the 800 remaining migrants threw stones at policemen, who responded with tear gas, an AFP photographer on the spot said.
People exhorted by fake news were misled because of their hope.
On This Day
- 1821: The Battle of Alamana took place during the Greek War of Independence.
- 1906: The 1906 Athens "Olympiad" commenced. This competition was outside the Olympic Games' four-year cycle and was organised in order to revive the Games which were in danger of dying out after the 1904 St Louis circus-like flop.
- 1980: Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, visited Athens.
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- Deaths: Giorgos Economidis, radio host, songwriter (1985).