Migrants scuffle with police on the island of Lesbos for the second day in a row, as hundreds of unregistered migrants attempt to board an Athens-bound vessel. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Furious migrants stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos scuffled with police on Saturday (September 5) for the second day as they attempted to board an Athens-bound passenger ferry. About 3,000 migrants protested over the lengthy identification procedures and gathered at the port chanting "Athena! Athena!" and "We want to go", according to a Reuters eyewitness. The Greek government has chartered two ships to relieve the situation on the islands, but with thousands of migrants arriving on rubber dinghies on a daily basis, the situation remains explosive. Earlier on Saturday, about 1,000 migrants got out of a temporary camp and blocked a central road on the island, a police official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. On Friday (September 4), about 200 unregistered migrants threw stones at police who had prevented them from boarding a ship to the mainland. The mayor of Lesbos' main town warned on Saturday the island would boycott a general election on September 20 if the government didn't address the situation immediately. European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans and Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos have promised Athens 33 million euros ($37 million) to help it tackle the migration crisis. Former Greek premier Alexis Tsipras, who resigned last month to prepare for the snap election, and his main conservative rival Evangelos Meimarakis, are fighting a tight election campaign and traded barbs on Friday over the issue.