Greek island calls strike against EU refugee policy

(File, AP)
(File, AP)

Athens - Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos have called a strike and are urging residents to take part in anti-government protests to press for a change in European Union policy of containment of refugees and migrants on Greece's islands.

In a statement, the island's municipality called the strike for Monday against the policy of turning Lesbos into an "island prison".

Greece's government and the EU have ignored pleas from the mayors of Lesbos and the nearby islands of Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos, to allow more migrants to travel to the Greek mainland, resulting in major overcrowding at island facilities.

More than 8 000 migrants and refugees are stranded on Lesbos, where the reception capacity is 1 500.

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