Far-right group attacks migrants on Greek island

Migrants link their hands and hold blankets to protect their families as riot police try to keep away local protesters at the town of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos late on April 22, 2018. A far-right group launched a violent attack overnight on migrants staging a sit-in protest on the Greek island of Lesbos, injuring around a dozen people, police said on April 23. (AFP)
Updated 23 April 2018
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Far-right group attacks migrants on Greek island

MYTILENE, Greece: A far-right group launched a violent attack overnight on migrants staging a sit-in protest on the Greek island of Lesbos, injuring around a dozen people, police said Monday.
The violence erupted late Sunday after members of the radical “Patriotic Movement” gathered on the central square of the island’s main city Mytilene, where some 200 Afghan asylum-seekers launched a sit-in protest last week against their miserable living conditions.
Despite police presence, the situation soon escalated as the extremists started throwing bottles and lighting flares, shouting slogans like “Burn them alive” and “Throw them in the sea.”
Tensions spiralled further when leftwing activists arrived in support of the migrants and started fighting with the far-right supporters.
The clashes raged all night until security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd and evacuate the square, forcing the Afghans to return to the island’s overcrowded migrant camps.
A dozen migrants were lightly hurt and had to be taken to hospital, police said.
Over 6,500 migrants are currently stranded on Lesbos, far exceeding the 3,000 spots available in the camps.
More than one million people, mainly fleeing war in Syria, crossed to Greece from Turkey in 2015 after the onset of the bloc’s worst migration crisis since World War II.
The influx has been sharply cut since the European Union signed a controversial deal with Turkey in 2016 to send back migrants.
However, more than 13,000 migrants are still languishing in camps on five Greek islands until their asylum claims can be processed. This has fueled despair and sparked protests and outbreaks of violence.
Greece, a country of 11 million people, recorded 58,661 applications last year, making it the member state with the highest number of asylum seekers per capita, according to official data.


Russia displays its latest weapons at military show

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Russia displays its latest weapons at military show

MOSCOW: Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers.
President Vladimir Putin said in an address to the Army 2018 show that opened Tuesday that it reflects the "huge potential" of Russian military industries and will serve as a platform for military cooperation with other countries.
The show held at a shooting range just outside of Moscow features Russia's latest fighter jet, the Su-57, the new Armata battle tank and other new weapons.
It will involve flyovers by the air force's aerobatic squadrons and displays of new army weapons in action.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu emphasized that most new weapons at the show have proven their worth during the Syrian campaign.