Reuters, October 21, 2019
Rioting migrants in Malta have set on fire at least five staff cars and injured a policeman in their holding centre as they demanded their freedom.
The violence broke out on Sunday night at a former British army barrack in Hal Far, close to Malta’s airport.
The migrants took control of part of the compound, but a police spokesman said the situation was brought back under control in the early hours of Monday.
Malta’s migrant reception and detention centres are under pressure with several hundred migrants having arrived in Malta over the summer.
Malta and neighbouring Italy have long complained that they have been left alone to deal with the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean in recent years looking for a better life in Europe.