Greek police were called to break up a protest at a migrant hotspot on the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean on Tuesday.
Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot

Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot

Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot

Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot

Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot

Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot
Greek police break up protest at Chios hotspot
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Greek police were called to break up a protest at a migrant hotspot on the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean on Tuesday.

Migrants at the Vial facility were protesting the slow pace with which Greece has been processing asylum claims.

Some protesters lit a garbage container on fire and then threw stones at firemen who tried to douse the blaze.

Police arrested 18 protesters aged between 16 and 41 years old.

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As arrivals rise, Cyprus intercepts boat with 101 on board

As arrivals rise, Cyprus intercepts boat with 101 on board

Cyprus intercepted a vessel carrying 101 Syrians off its coast on Tuesday, police said, one of the largest arrivals of refugees from the neighboring country in recent months.

The Syrians were loaded at sea onto a coastguard vessel and from there led to a harbour in the south-east of the island.

"There were minors among those on the boat, which appears to have set off from Turkey," a police spokeswoman added.

The island, the closest European Union member state to the Middle East, has seen a gradual uptick in arrivals of undocumented migrants and refugees in the past 18 months as other routes have become more difficult to cross.

Many are refugees from Syria, but there has also been an increase in arrivals of people fleeing upheaval in Cameroon via the unrecognized breakaway state in north Cyprus. [Reuters]

Hard Rock International ruled out of Elliniko casino tender

Hard Rock International ruled out of Elliniko casino tender

The Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) has unanimously accepted the conclusions of the committee for the tender of the Elliniko casino concerning the rejection of the bid by Hard Rock International (HRI).

Reliable sources say the decision was made at last Friday’s EEEP board meeting. This decision rules HRI out of the running for the casino license at the old Athens airport plot.

EEEP still has to decide on the part of the tender committee’s conclusion related to the participation of the other bidder, the joint venture by Mohegan Gaming Entertainment (MGE) and GEK Terna. Kathimerini understands that the conclusions of the committee are in favor of accepting the bidder’s offer, and it appears EEEP will side with the committee’s conclusions. Therefore the tender for the casino permit will continue from now on only with the participation of the MGE-GEK Terna consortium.

The completion of the EEEP decisions is expected to lead to the notification of the parties concerned, after which the two suitors will have 10 working days to submit any objections regarding the EEEP verdicts to the independent authority competent to rule on them.

Nevertheless the result of the vote at EEEP as well as the contents of its decision show HRI has very little scope for a successful objection. Sources say that the company’s bid has been rejected for technical reasons and for the substance of its offer. Therefore a reversal would be exceptionally difficult, not only by the committee to examine the objection but also by any other legal entity HRI might take recourse to.

Kathimerini understands that the tender committee took three months before its reached its conclusions, so as to attain a well-documented decision in legal terms, and that this objective has been achieved.

With the result of the EEEP voting at 9-0 in favor of rejecting the HRI bid and the fact that both the EEEP board and the tender committee were appointed by the previous government adds greater significance to the decisions by the two entities, showing it is unlikely they would be influenced by the current administration.

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