Once, packed. Soon, no more.
Idomeni, the camp in northern Greece that is currently home to about 8,500 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere, is being emptied.
Hundreds of police officers and riot police moved into the area at dawn Tuesday. As the operation was beginning, Greek journalist Liana Spyropoulou tweeted that she had “never seen so many officers from the riot police gathered in one area.”
That’s saying a lot, given that austerity protesters and riot police clash violently in the streets of Athens with regularity.