Scuffles broke out on the Greek island of Chios, police said Thursday, during a protest by locals demanding the departure of some 3,500 refugees and migrants held there.
Riot police were deployed late on Wednesday to keep a crowd of 800 people from approaching two migrant camps, a police source told AFP.
“A few bursts of tear gas” were fired when the protesters tried to break through the cordon and reach one of the camps, the officer added.
State agency ANA said journalists were also chased from the scene. One of them said he was struck by a protester allegedly linked to Greece’s third largest political party, Golden Dawn.
Four camp volunteers and a migrant were also briefly detained when they came out of the facility, the police officer said.
After that, a group of about 150 people marched peacefully to the Souda camp singing the national anthem and shouting slogans against migrants.
Initially, the migrants did not understand what was going on. When they did, they started shouting slogans asking to move to Athens and then out of Greece. Some of them threw rocks at the demonstrators from inside the camp, something that irritated them further.
The protesters called for another demonstration on Friday afternoon at the same square.