Thousands of immigrants marched in Athens on Friday to protest police sweeps and a rash of racist attacks in Greece as the country struggles to pull itself out of a huge debt crisis.
Greece is a major gateway for mostly Asian and African
migrants trying to enter the European Union.
They face increased hostility as the country struggles
through its deepest post- World War Two recession and record unemployment,
propelling the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party to parliament for the first
time since the fall of a military junta in 1974.
About 5,000 protesters marched to parliament holding
banners reading "No Islamophobia" and "Neo Nazis out!" in
one of the biggest anti-racism marches in Athens in recent years.
"We will do everything possible to prevent such a
disaster," Corinth's mayor Alexandros Pnevmatikos told Skai TV. "We
don't want the camp, which is in the centre of the city, close to densely
populated neighborhoods, to become a holding center".
Far-right protesters and supporters of Golden Dawn clashed
with police at the entrance of the camp on Thursday and hundreds of protesters,
including small groups of ultra-nationalists, returned to protest on Friday.
Some hurled bottles of water at a conservative deputy visiting the camp.
Police this month launched a sweep operation called
"Xenios Zeus" after the ancient Greek god of guests and travelers.
They have so far arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants.
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