Greek islanders take anti-camp protest to Athens Feb 14, 2020 0 73 12345 AFPAthensGreek officials and residents from islands hosting thousands of asylum-seekers staged a protest in Athens on Thursday against plans to build new camps.Dozens of demonstrators from the Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos gathered outside the interior ministry, brandishing banners against the camps project.The new conservative government which came to power in July has announced that the present camps, which are stretched several times beyond capacity, are to shut down this year.They are to be replaced with new, smaller facilities that are to be operational by mid-2020. But authorities and residents on the five Aegean islands with camp facilities, which include Leros and Kos, have opposed the initiative.The islanders demand the immediate removal of most of the asylum-seekers and accuse the EU of abandoning them.Some banners called for “illegal migrants” to be expelled and for the country’s borders to be closed. But some demonstrators chased off former deputies and senior figures in the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party after they joined the protest, an AFP journalist witnessed.“If we accept a (new) camp for 7,000 people, unofficially it could be 20-25,000 people,” said Georgios Stantzos, the mayor of eastern Samos.The ongoing deadlock, five years after the height of the migration crisis, has caused exasperation among both island residents and asylum-seekers. RELATED ARTICLES Macron visits retreating glacier, urges ‘fight of the century’ Feb 14, 2020 0 77 British finance minister quits in reshuffle shock Feb 14, 2020 0 1186 UK PM names minister to take over UN climate talks Feb 14, 2020 0 68 N Macedonian police intercept van with 53 migrants inside Belgrade: North Macedonian police have intercepted a van with 53 migrants crammed inside and arrested the driver, the Makfax news agency reported on Thursday. The vehicle was stopped on a regional road near the village .. Trump, Bloomberg trade barbs as ex-NY mayor rises in polls AFP New York US President Donald Trump and White House hopeful Mike Bloomberg locked horns on Thursday in a blaze of caustic tweets as the former New York mayor climbs in the polls in his drive to capture the Democratic .. Brazil’s Bolsonaro lashes out at Pope Francis’s Amazon text Brasília: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out at Pope Francis on Thursday after the pontiff pleaded for the protection of the Amazon rainforest. “Pope Francis said yesterday the Amazon is his, the world’s, .. Mexican billionaires contribute to presidential plane raffle Mexico City: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that business leaders had pledged to buy 80 million dollars worth of tickets in a raffle he organised to fund the upkeep of his predecessor’s .. Senate passes measure to curb Trump on military action against Iran Washington: The US Senate passed a bipartisan resolution on Thursday to curb President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran without congressional approval. The move comes amid growing concern ..