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Police, immigrants clash at Greek detention center

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013

More than 5,000 people are held in similar complexes across Greece, and rights groups say hundreds are refusing to eat in reaction to the prolongation of their detention, which under Greek law can reach a maximum 18 months. Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized the detention conditions.

The unchecked wave of illegal immigration in recent years, which coincided with a spike in crime, contributed to the meteoric rise of a once-marginal extreme right-wing party with neo-Nazi leanings that entered Parliament last year.

The Golden Dawn party, whose supporters have repeatedly been linked with violent attacks on immigrants, is currently Greece's third most popular, polling at around 10 percent.