Thousands Protest on Lesvos during Greek PM Speech

About 3,000 Lesvos residents gathered at the main square of Mytilene town on Thursday evening to protest against the overcrowded refugee camps, the VAT raise, the imprisoned Greek soldiers in Turkey and other issues while Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was giving a speech.

According to, hundreds of riot police guarded the building where the Greek prime minister spoke at 8:00 pm on the 14th North Aegean Regional Conference.

Before Tsipras’ speech, Lesvos Mayor Spyros Galinos handed the prime minister a written statement with their complaints.

The local news website estimated the crowd to be 3,000, while at the same time a few dozen anarchists wearing masks and motorcycle helmets had gathered at some point near Sappho Square.

Earlier, all shops and businesses in Mytilene were shut down in protest of the higher value added tax the islanders have to pay. Also, Lesvos residents complain about the daily problems they face withmigrants and refugees who become violent due to the inappropriate living conditions in the overcrowded refugee hospitality facilities, such as the Moria registration center.

Earlier in the day, the Greek prime minister visited Lemnos island and gave a speech, in the framework of the 14th North Aegean Regional Conference.


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