BERLIN (AP) – Activists set up thousands of chairs outside the German parliament in Berlin to mark their calls to welcome migrants from a crowded camp on a Greek island.
The 13,000 chairs placed in front of the Reichstag building on Monday are supposed to symbolize the inhabitants of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, as well as the willingness of some German cities and states to welcome migrants.
Sea rescue activist groups backing Monday’s
action say the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Moria adds urgency to long-standing calls to evacuate the camp.
Greek authorities last week imposed a 14-day
quarantine on Moria after a man living in a tent outside the camp fence tested positive for the virus. As of August 31, Moria camp housed 12,714 people, several times its capacity of 2,757 people.
The German federal government has agreed to take in a total of 243 children from camps in Greece in need of medical care, along with their next of kin. So far 99 children have arrived. It also took in 53 unaccompanied minors evacuated from the camps.