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Stranded migrants stage protests outside Greek camps

Published 01/09/2016

A woman with a child at an abandoned Greek hospital wing used as a shelter for refugees (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A woman with a child at an abandoned Greek hospital wing used as a shelter for refugees (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Migrants are staging demonstrations at four sites around Greece to protest against delays in asylum procedures promised under a European Union agreement with Turkey.

Around 500 migrants chanting "open the borders" gathered in Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city.

Protests were also held on the islands of Chios and Lesbos, while scores of migrants at a camp near the Greek-Macedonian border blocked the main road linking the two countries for about 30 minutes.

Police announced no arrests.

Some 60,000 migrants remain stranded on Greece's mainland and the islands since European border closures earlier this year.

Under the EU-Turkey deal, migrants who arrived in Greece after March 20 can be deported back to Turkey.

AP

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