Greek Border Fence Plan Sparks Violence
Posted on Jan 15, 2011
Pro-migrant marchers were attacked by far-right stone throwers in Athens as they protested plans to build an eight-mile-long fence on Greece’s border with Turkey aimed at keeping out illegal immigrants.—JCL
Far-right protesters threw stones at a pro-migrant march in Athens on Saturday before being dispersed by bursts of teargas, police said, in the latest sign of tension over the capital’s growing immigrant population.
Over 1,000 members of anti-racism groups, leftists and immigrants were marching in central Athens to protest against a controversial plan to build a fence at the border with Turkey to stop illegal immigrants from entering Greece.
A survey conducted by the Alco polling group for weekly newspaper Thema showed on Saturday that 73 percent of respondents back the plan to build a 12.5 km fence at the border with Turkey.
Immigrants march through Athens on Saturday to protest plans for a barrier fence along a section of Greece’s border with Turkey.