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Migrants scuffle with police on Greek island

Friday, September 04, 2015 - 00:52

Some 200 unregistered migrants scuffle with police in Lesbos after they were stopped from boarding a passenger ferry to the Greek mainland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: About 200 unregistered migrants scuffled with police and coast guard officials on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday (September 4) after they were prevented from boarding a passenger ferry to the Greek mainland. Greece has seen a surge in the number of refugees arriving by rubber dinghies from neighboring Turkey, with aid agencies estimating about 2,000 crossing over daily this month. The migrants chanted "Athina, Athina", referencing the Greek capital of Athens, as they marched towards the port and then threw stones at the officials who pushed them back because they were not registered, according to the Greek coast guard. The clashes erupted as senior European Union officials visiting Greece promised more help to countries on the front-line of a migrant crisis. Athens will receive 33 million euros from Brussels in the first tranche of funds Greece has asked for to cope with the influx of migrants. The interim Greek government this week asked for 700 million euros of funding in total. Help can't come soon enough for the mayor of Lesbos' main town, who on Friday made a public plea for aid and for Athens to declare a state of emergency on the island.

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Migrants scuffle with police on Greek island

Friday, September 04, 2015 - 00:52