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22 Jan 2020 | 11:42 AM UTC

Greece: Protests reported on islands of Samos, Chios, and Lesbos January 22

Protests reported on Aegean islands of Samos, Chios, and Lesbos January 22; heightened security presence and associated disruptions likely

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Event

Thousands of people gathered for demonstrations on the Greek islands of Samos, Chios, and Lesbos in the Aegean sea on Wednesday, January 22. Demonstrators protested the treatment of refugees in camps on the islands and called for authorities to address the ongoing migration issue. Businesses and public services on all three islands were reportedly disrupted by a walkout related to the demonstration on Wednesday.

A heightened security presence and associated commercial and transportation disruptions are expected in the vicinity of any demonstration. Similar demonstrations are possible over the near term.

Advice

Individuals on Samos, Chios, and Lesbos are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.