Dozens of anti-immigrant protesters shouted obscenities and threw pig heads at the entrance of a new Greek refugee camp in Veria on Friday evening as six buses loaded with refugees and migrants, mainly Syrians and Iraqis, arrived from Idomeni.
After initially blocking the bus from entering the former military barracks, which had previously housed about 400 migrants, Greek police descended and quieted the protesters. But the message was clear: Refugees are not welcome.
Starting Friday, new bus loads of refugees were evacuated from the improvised and disease-stricken camp at Idomeni, the Greek border town separated from the Republic of Macedonia by double fences topped with razor wire. There, more than 12,000 migrants have been waiting to cross the border for over a month.
Now, Greek authorities have made available three new camps with accommodations for up to 1,000 people: two in Katerini and one in Veria, each about 120 kilometers away from Idomeni. The Greek Army is managing the camps, providing tents and distributing food, blankets and clothes. There are plenty of toilets, and the Katerini camps are adjacent to a small playground.