Two charged over tensions at Chios city hall

A 32-year-old man was led before a prosecutor on the island of Chios on Tuesday, charged with disturbing the peace and violence against officials  during a meeting of the islands' municipal council on Monday.

Tensions rose in Chios on Monday night when locals who reject the creation of a new migrant centre on the island smashed the town hall's glass entrance and pushed away municipal staff to reach the hall where the municipal council was holding a meeting to discuss a government proposal for a new, closed-type centre to keep migrants and refugees while they wait for the processing of their asylum applications.

The proposal was presented by Deputy Labour Minister and Chios MP Notis Mitarachi.

Mitarachi was jeered by a group of locals waiting for him outside the town hall, and later by the protesters who forcibly entered the building.

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