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Journalist sneaks footage of migrant unrest in Greek 'detention centre'

@ FRANCE 24

A radio journalist radio managed to enter a closed migrant detention centre on the Greek island of Lesbos, in the Aegean Sea, where he filmed disruptive protests from asylum seekers afraid of being sent back to Turkey.

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Journalists have been barred from entering the Moria camp in Lesbos since March, but journalist Tarek Kai, who works for MCD (Monte Carlo Doualiya) radio, sneaked into the camp on April 26. Kai used his smartphone to film scenes of protests and clashes between police and migrants, who threw rocks and set trash bins on fire.

"Since the Turkey-EU deal started to be applied … the hotspot of Moria was transformed into a detention centre," Tarek Kai told FRANCE 24, which is owned by MCD's parent company, France Médias Monde. "The conditions of living are really very difficult – there are more than 3,000 migrants living there [but] the capacity of welcoming people is about 1,000."

"People are suffering from many things. They barely eat, some of them sleep under tents. This is why the situation exploded. … No one really knows about their future."

 

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