Representatives of the local government and the people of the northern island protested in Athens today against closed migrant camps planned to be built on the islands.
The protesters decried the difficult living conditions at the Migrant Reception and Identification Centres and a special law which would temporarily resettle the real estate of island inhabitants in order to set up closed migrant centres for asylum seekers.
Meanwhile, the meeting of the islanders, which is scheduled to take place today with Minister for Immigration and Asylum Notis Mitarachis, was cancelled as a result of the reaction of the islanders to the government's temporary request decision.
There were also extremist groups among the protesters. Ilyas Kasidiaris, a former MP for Golden Dawn, and Yannis Lagos, who recently tore the Turkish flag in the European Parliament, were also in Athens for the protest. However, the islanders expressed their discomfort with the presence of Golden Dawn deputies with slogans such as "Golden Dawn out, we do not want fascists".
The islanders who took part in the protest demanded that the migrant burden of the islands be reduced as soon as possible.