Hundreds of residents from the Greek island of Lesbos gathered in the city of Mytilene on Thursday to protest against the EU’s migration policy, which sees thousands of refugees and migrants confined to the Greek islands for the length of their asylum process.The protest fell on the day Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was visiting the island for a conference.

Several protesters tried to push over a police bus, reportedly prompting police to fire tear gas in response. No arrests have yet been reported.

Thursday's protest was part of a general strike across the island, calling for immediate measures in response to the arrival of a high number of refugees and migrants.

The EU-Turkey deal of March 2016 forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in their place of arrival until their claims are processed.

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