Four injured in clashes between migrants, Greek police

Other News Materials 3 March 2009 09:53 (UTC +04:00)

At least four people were injured in clashes between Greek police and migrants in the port town Patras, a known hub for illegal immigrants, news reports said Tuesday.

   The fighting erupted when an Afghan migrant was injured when he tried to jump on a moving truck Monday night in an attempt to hide on the vehicle in order to get access to a ferry leaving for Italy the next day, Greek public radio said.

   Fellow Afghan migrants attacked the truck driver, police and passers-by with stones after the incident, the report said. Police used tear gas to disperse the mob. One bystander and two policemen were injured, dpa reported.

   More than 3,000 often desperate migrants live in slums at the outskirts of the city, hoping to get on a ferry to Italy from the northern Peloponnese city, located about 215 kilometres west of Athens.

   The route from Turkey via Greece to Italy is one of the main routes used by human traffickers to smuggle people into Western Europe.