About the riot in Amygdaleza immigrant detention camp

What follows is a collection of different reports in English about the recent riot in the immigrant detention camp in Amygdaleza. The riot broke out when the immigrants reacted to the conditions at the detention camp but also to the government’s recent decision to extend detention time from 12 to 18 months. Click on the report titles to read.

You can see some shots of the riot in the following video (from a Greek TV newscast):

Video filmed by the Greek police after the end of the riot:

Guardian: Illegal immigrants riot against extended stay in Greek detention centre

Detainees burn mattresses, rubbish and throw stones at police. Fifty reported arrested, 10 escaped from Amygdaleza centre

Smoke billows from the Amygdaleza detention centre, near Athens

August 11, 2013: Smoke billows after rioting at the Amygdaleza detention centre outside Athens. Photograph: Eurokinissi/Georgia Panagopolou/AFP/Getty Images


The Telegraph: Police quell riot by migrants at Greek detention centre

A protest by migrants detained at a facility northeast of Athens because they entered the country illegally has ended and the detainees have returned to their rooms, police said.


Police blocks the access to the Amygdaleza detention camp outside Athens, where some 1,200 migrants are kept under police guard. Photo: AFP/GETTY


BBC:Greek police end riot at migrant detention camp

Greek riot police have been deployed to end a riot at a migrant detention facility north of the capital, Athens.


The facility at Amygdaleza was set up to repatriate undocumented migrants


Eleftherotypia: Search continues for detention centre escapees

Police deny claims of unacceptable conditions at Amygdaleza migrant detention centre.

Police have arrested two out of a total of ten migrants who escaped from a migrant detention centre on Saturday, during a violent protest over the detention conditions and the extension of the maximum time migrants can spend at the camp


The Independent: Greek police hunt migrants who escaped immigration detention centre during riot

Greek police were today searching for eight Pakistanis and two Afghans who escaped during a riot at an immigration detention centre, where human rights groups say migrants and asylum seekers face unacceptably long periods of incarceration in often appalling conditions.

The Nation: Manhunt in Athens after detention camp riot

ATHENS – Police in Athens were hunting almost a dozen escaped migrants on Sunday after a detention camp riot left 10 officers injured, authorities said.

Kathimerini: Police searching for migrants after riot at holding center in Athens

A police hunt for migrant escapees was under way in Athens on Sunday after a detention camp riot left 10 officers injured, authorities said.

Kathimerini: Police denies conditions for migrants at Amygdaleza center were unacceptable

The Greek police has denied that conditions for detained migrants at the Amygdaleza holding center in northern Athens were unsuitable after a riot broke out on Saturday and 10 immigrants escaped from the facility.

For a brief introduction to Amygdaleza detention camp have a look at the following video of a visit of some MPs of the European Parliament to the centre:


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