Protests after Kurdish asylum seeker commits suicide in Corinth camp

March 27, 2021

Refugees in the camp in Corinth, northern Peloponnese staged widespread protests on Saturday, following the suicide of a Kurdish asylum seeker. Protesters set up mattresses and other flammable material on fire and threw stones and other items at the fire fighters and police officers who rushed to the camp, local media reported.

The 24-year-old man from South-East Turkey was imprisoned in the camp for 16 months “committed suicide in protest of his uncertain situation after 16 months in the camp,” posts on social media claimed.

He was supposed to be released today but his detention was extended instead.

The Kurdish man is the second asylum seeker who dies in a Greek camp in the last two days.

A 44-year-old man in the detention camp on the island of Kos died of peritonitis on Thursday. According to a denouncement by the Anti-racism  Movement KEERFA, the man was suffering hellish pain due an appendix inflammation for three days but he was refused medical assistance.
When the guards finally called an ambulance, paramedics could only confirm that the man was dead.

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