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Greece: Hundreds Call for Solidarity With Refugees at Mytilene Demo

Hundreds of people demonstrated in support of refugees and migrants in Mytilene, Lesbos on Saturday.

Footage shows protesters gathering and singing as a musician plays the accordion.

Lesbos and other Greek islands have recently been the site of fierce protests provoked by the Greek government’s plans to build new refugee camps in multiple locations.

Refugees have been trying to cross the border in large numbers since Turkey announced Thursday, February 27 that it would no longer abide by a 2016 agreement with the EU to halt migration flows into the continent in return for aid.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a €700 million ($779 million) aid package to help Greece deal with the large-scale influx of refugees after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan effectively opened the borders.

Erdogan accused the EU of failing to keep its financial promises to Turkey in return for keeping Turkey’s borders with the EU closed to refugees and migrants. The statement came after at least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province last week.

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