Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Mytilene, the capital city of Lesbos on Wednesday to protest against the numbers of refugees arriving at the island.

Shop and restaurant owners as well as bus and taxi drivers joined the rally also attended by North Aegean Regional Governor Kostas Moutzouris.

"We are trying to give a message around to the whole world that this can't go on anymore. Lesbos has had the load on its shoulders for five years it cannot go anymore. My association tried to send a messaged today by lying on the street and writing the word Lesvos SOS because we are asking for SOS," said Eleni Zitenellis, one of protesters.

Similar protests were organised on neighbouring North Aegean islands of Samos and Chios in response to the refugee crisis.

The local authorities are asking for relief measures, including funding and additional administrative, health, and protection services to help deal with the crisis.

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