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
- 1910: 25 men and women farmers were indicted for the bloody events of March 6 at Kileler.
- 1941: King George II and the Greek Government fled to Crete as the Germans marched towards Athens.
- 1944: The revolt of Greek leftist troops in Alexandria was put down by force.
- 2003: Greek Cypriots were allowed to visit the occupied North for the first time since 1974. Turkish Cypriots were allowed to visit the South.
- Births: Melina Kanakaredes, Greek-American actress (1967).
- Deaths: Georgios Karaiskakis, hero of the Greek Revolution (1827), Constantine Karamanlis, Greek politician (1998)