to come the next time from the Turkish coast, is now the government, in order to mitigate the situation. At this time it is estimated that in makeshift camps such as the Victoria square or in temporary accommodation centres throughout the country are over 25,000 people who remain trapped and are desperately looking for a way out.
The situation in Eidomeni, which at this time receives the highest pressure, remains explosive. In the makeshift refugee camp, it is assessed that staying 7,000 people, while the calculations make reason for a continuous increase, with every instrument – and even pedestrians – arriving at the border refugees and immigrants from every corner of the country. Yesterday afternoon, a rumor that proved to be a “hanging chad” caused tension with the Î£ÎºÎ¿Ï€Î¹Î±Î½Î¿ÏÏ‚ that ended in the use of chemicals and stun grenades against people with children in their arms. It all started when it was announced that the passage opens, but only for 50 refugees. Angry immigrants broke the original fence of the CIU and passing by the railway line arrived at the border. There were able to tear down a section of the fence, before you answer the skopjans officers with chemicals.
Since then, the pass remains closed for all and no one knows if, when and especially for what number of refugees! It is for i.e. on the side of Skopje, with helpless in the Greek, to decide whether to decongest the desperate situation experienced on our northern borders to the refugees. The infrastructures that have been set up after violence can serve 2,000 people, the queues for the soup kitchen, even for a fruit, it is endless and last hours, the doctors are not sufficient to take care of sick children, while the hygiene is appalling.
But the situation is not better even in other parts of Greece, especially in Attica, where they gather huge numbers of refugees. About 2,500 people spent a night in the port of Piraeus, where the passenger stations remain chock-full and the ships from the islands, with reduced rates, but continue to bring in migrants, which arrive in Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros, by the thousands. Yesterday, moreover, as admitted by the minister for Shipping, Thodoris dritsas were acquired, from the wrong to the understanding arrived in Piraeus about 2,000 people!
In Victoria square, the camp is growing all the time, and despite the help of volunteers, and ordinary citizens that offer from their savings, the people living on the street, sleeping on the slabs of the pavement, with children in their arms. The more there is of afghan origin, which means that they have even less chance to pass once the “legal” route of the border, and waiting for a “miracle”.
In cities across the country for ten days refugees and immigrants are accommodated in every possible structure that can welcome them: Stadiums, gyms and former military camps “recruited” in a hurry and without any planning, so as to solve the problem. In Attica, the government is attempting to set up another refugee centre in the park “Antonis Tritsis” in Ano Liosia, amid vehement objections from the local community, as well as next to it is the municipal stadium of the area, where a daily exercise dozens of children. Accordingly, and in Greek, at the Baseball field that until now had not been used, set up tents with a view to be directed towards the there additional 1,000 people.
In a wide-ranging meeting, besides the governors and the mayors of the country, through the Î•ÎÎ Î• and the KEDE, pledged yesterday that Wednesday morning will hold a meeting on this issue and will propose to the ministry of Migration Policy the available spaces. The mayors and the governors have raised strongly the financial issue -who’s going to pay namely, the hospitality and the feeding of refugees and department of Migration Policy, the assured me that this has been foreseen in the design.