Mad As Hell And Not Going To Take It Anymore

Riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos yesterday fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters against the creation of a new detention centre for migrants as the latest outburst of unrest entered a second day.

The Athens government infuriated residents of five Aegean islands – all straddling a key route to Europe used by thousands of migrants – by announcing two weeks ago that it would expedite the construction of secured detention centres to replace open-access, severely overcrowded camps.

Locals residents – who are are concerned such an arrangement could become permanent – tried to approach a site earmarked for a new migrant centre and clashed with police on a road winding through a forest.

Can’t really blame them – we all know that’s exactly what will happen. And they all know the sort of gratitude these migrants display towards their host countries.

Perhaps they’d be better off lobbying for ‘Lexit’ rather than lobbing bricks at the police?

Locals say the islands are carrying a disproportionate burden from a migrant crisis that began in 2015 when more than one million people fled violence in the Middle East and beyond via Turkey, reaching Greece and then moving on to wealthier central and northern Europe, their preferred destinations.

Of course they are preferred destinations. These aren’t people ‘fleeing war’ at all. They are economic migrants, nothing more, nothing less.

3 comments for “Mad As Hell And Not Going To Take It Anymore

  1. john in cheshire
    March 2, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Perhaps the residents should build a wall/fence on the beaches of their Islands to keep the invaders out. Don’t give them food or water or shelter. Then either they stay and starve or they turn around and sod off back to Turkey.

  2. March 3, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Most humane way is to put up a barrier at one mile out, with notice in Arabic and other languages. There are too many islands, so this would apply to the mainland.

    Every boat has radio checks in through channel. Any found inside without the call signal and registration are sunk.

    • James Strong
      March 4, 2020 at 7:15 am

      Sinking the boats inside the one-mile zone might sound OK but what do you then do with the people on the boats?
      Are you willing to let them drown?
      If so, I think you should say so loudly, publicly and explicitly. Not by impication.

      And after announcing your policy you’d have to carry it through, backing down would make things worse.

      How many boats do you think you’d have to sink to stop the traffic?

      How would you respond to the international condemnation?

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