Protesters clash with police for a second day at site of planned migrant ...

Riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos yesterday fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters against the creation of a new detention centre for migrants as the latest outburst of unrest entered a second day. 

The Athens government infuriated residents of five Aegean islands - all straddling a key route to Europe used by thousands of migrants - by announcing two weeks ago that it would expedite the construction of secured detention centres to replace open-access, severely overcrowded camps. 

Locals residents - who are are concerned such an arrangement could become permanent - tried to approach a site earmarked for a new migrant centre and clashed with police on a road winding through a forest. 

A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, kicks a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos

A demonstrator, who opposes the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, kicks a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos

A demonstrator throws a stone toward riot police officers during protests against the construction of a new controversial migrant camp near the town of Mantamados on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos

A demonstrator throws a stone toward riot police officers during protests against the construction of a new controversial migrant camp near the town of Mantamados on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos

Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos

Demonstrators, who oppose the building of a new closed migrant detention centre, clash with riot police outside a military camp housing police officers, near the village of Pagani on the island of Lesbos

Greek riot police face demonstrators during protests against the construction of a new controversial migrant camp near the town of Mantamados on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos

Greek riot police face demonstrators during protests against the construction of a new controversial migrant camp near the town of Mantamados on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos

Riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos today fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters against the creation of a new detention centre for migrants. A police officer is pictured running away from flames from a petrol bomb

Riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos today fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters against the creation of a new detention centre for migrants. A police officer is pictured running away from flames from a petrol bomb

The Athens government infuriated residents of five Aegean islands by announcing two weeks ago that it would expedite the construction of secured detention centres to replace open-access, severely overcrowded camps. A protester kicks a tear gas canister thrown by riot police during clashes

The Athens government infuriated residents of five Aegean islands by announcing two weeks ago that it would expedite the construction of secured detention centres to replace open-access, severely overcrowded camps. A protester kicks a tear gas canister thrown by riot police during clashes

Locals residents - who are are concerned such an arrangement could become permanent - tried to approach a site earmarked for a new migrant centre and clashed with police on a road winding through a forest

Locals residents - who are are concerned such an arrangement could become permanent - tried to approach a site earmarked for a new migrant centre and clashed with police on a road winding through a forest

Protesters launched petrol bombs which burst into flames, threw rocks and kicked back gas canisters as the clash escalated.

'More than 1,000 people protesting at the new facility... threw stones at police, smashing their helmets. Police were forced to use chemicals,' a police spokesman said, using a euphemism for tear gas.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people gathered in the town of Mytilene on Lesbos as part of a general strike to protest at government plans to create the new closed migrant facility.

On Tuesday, locals used vehicles and rubbish trucks to try to block police

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