Protests break out in Greek migrant camp after woman dies

Deutsche Welle — Protests broke out at a camp in the Greek city of Thessaloniki on Thursday following the death of a Syrian woman.

The woman, who was in her late twenties, died of heart failure, local police said. She was found unconscious in the camp’s communal shower and was announced dead after being taken to a local hospital. The Greek state agency ANA-MPA reported that the woman suffered from epilepsy.

Migrant protestors are demanding health care services in the state-run Diavata refugee camp, as well as an ambulance permanently stationed outside the camp.

Police say about one hundred refugees temporarily blocked an important road during the protest before peacefully returning to the camp.

Migrants living in ‘ill-suited camps’

Greece’s public health watchdog has warned that many migrant camps in the north of the country are unsuitable for long-term accommodation. Many of the camps are little more than transformed industrial warehouses.

The Greek government said that it is building new facilities to relocate the migrants currently housed in such ill-suited camps.

More than 57,000 migrants are currently living in camps across Greece.