Asylum seekers stage protest outside Mineo Refugees' center and on State Road 417
Local media are reporting that about 1,000 asylum seekers today staged a violent protest outside the Mineo Refugee Center( Our former base housing).
Earlier this morning, demonstrators threw rocks at police and other cars traveling on 417. They also set fire to crops and tires, as well as attacked a gas station, a media crew, and riot police. The violence has prompted riot police to spray tear gas during clashes and call additional reinforcements coming from Reggio Calabria. Catania-Gela state road 417 is still closed to traffic and police are working to clear the road.
All personnel are urged to avoid this area and all other areas of known protests.