Violent clashes erupted on the Greek island of Chios on Thursday night when an angry crowd of local Greeks confronted hundreds of refugees who have been living in the island’s port for a week.
In chaotic scenes, the crowd, reportedly with members of fascist group Golden Dawn present, threw fireworks and bottles into the port at the refugees’ encampment.
The island’s mayor pleaded with the refugees to evacuate the port for their own safety.
Several times, members of the crowd tried to jump the barriers in the port to get to the refugees but were stopped by Greek riot police and members of the Greek army.
After several hours, through a combination of persuasion from Greek police and the mayor and coercion from the crowd, the refugees moved out of the port to a nearby open facility.
On Wednesday night, a crowd of several hundred people stormed the mayor’s office demanding that refugees be moved out of the town.
Later in the evening, Molotov cocktails were thrown at a house where refugees and volunteers live in Chios town.