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Daily Mail Refugee Article Slammed By Own Readers For Concentrating On Holidaymakers

28/05/2015 12:44 | Updated 28 May 2015
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A Daily Mail article on the plight of asylum seekers fleeing to the Greek island of Kos and causing discomfort to disgruntled British holiday-makers has caused an outpouring of disbelief among the paper's own readers.

Greek islands including Kos have been flooded with Afghan and Syrian refugees in the past few months, many of whom are fleeing the onslaught of Islamic State, with thousands reported dead in Syria alone.

The focus of MailOnline's story was on the British sunseekers who had fled the English weather in hope of a carefree vacation during the half term.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Manchester native Anne Servante said: "We have been coming here for almost ten years. We like to eat, drink and relax. But this time the atmosphere has changed.

"It’s really dirty and messy here now. And it’s awkward. I’m not going to sit in a restaurant with people watching you."

In reaction, many commenters berated the paper for the way it reported on the humanitarian crisis.

One said: "Oh dear. I'm so sorry your important middle class jolly holiday has been ruined by poor people with trivial things to worry about like where their next meal is coming from and where they will find a roof over their head and whether they'll ever see their relatives again."

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Many of the migrants are taking refuge in an abandoned hotel, while the local police station is filled to capacity at night

Another asked: "What else are they supposed to do? Wait to die in their own countries just so holiday makers can eat their dinner without feeling watched?"

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Migrants arrive at the Greek island of Kos on a rubber dinghy

"Oh how sad for those British tourists - my heart bleeds for them," another said sarcastically. "Seriously they are complaining because the refugees are "ruining their holiday" well I'm sure the refugees don't mean to ruin anyone's day but have some sympathy, they are fleeing their war torn country for a better life... trying to survive no less."

A similarly shocked reader added: "You want me to feel sorry for the tourists??? The ones with money enough to go on holiday and who have a home and safety to go back to? DM, you need to rewrite the whole article with a different perspective. This is embarrassing."

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Refugees wait outside a police station for emergency travel documents

Many on Twitter were also quick to point out concerns with the tone of the article:

Reaction to the story though was very different on other parts of social media, including on the Britain First Facebook page. Here's a selection of comments from Britain First's page juxtaposed with pictures from the island:

  • Britain First reacts to the Kos refugee crisis
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    "Another great place messed up by foreigners."
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "They are SCUM, stay and fight for your country, not RUN."
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "This is just temporary ... They will end up in England or Sweden living off benefits."
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "This isn't asylum! Notice the majority of migrants are men of fighting age! They don't look malnourished or badly treated! It's an invasion army!"
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "Push them back into the sea!"
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "We need to follow Russia's example and make all Muslim's unwelcome in the west. They are evil people who need driving out of our lands by force. God hates Muslims. They are a wicked people. It's time for their extinction."
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "What is this country coming to? It's a joke. Our nans and granddads who were in the war would be turning in their graves."
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "Just deport them."
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "These vermin turn EVERYWHERE into a hellhole, not just Kos!"
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "To me this is a universal problem for the Western Nations, but our mostly socialist leaders fail to see the problem."
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "Wow it's like being in Chatham, Kent. Lived there all my life I think I've emigrated to another country when I come out my front door there's so many immigrants."
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "Why would anyone WANT to go to Greece ???? What have they given to the world ? Apart from "Zorba the Greek", and Millions of UNWANTED Muslims ???? Oh, and Kebabs, that NO ONE in their right mind would even THINK of eating, unless they were drunk !!! They are doing their best, to get kicked out of the E.U. and are not even doing much of a job of THAT !!!!!!"
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "This is going to happen in all EU countries... We have to to get out of the EU now !!!"
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "This is disgusting. Give them no food, no water and no rights then send the lot of them packing back on a boat to where they came from."
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "Take & put them in boats & send them back to where they come from, countries all over Europe are not responsible for them, leaving trash & garbage all them washing their clothes in the ocean, when people swim in it & no country owes them anything."
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "What the world needs is another Crusade, to take out Islam off every Islamic country and take over as Christians Jews And Buddhists.islam, as a Cult must cease to exist, they commit one terrorist act, We Destroy 20 Mosques ( with them inside of course)., the treshlohld is 1/20 , but we can always increase it to 1/1000."
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "The world has gone mad, they come for money nothing else, before the EU and the benefits system we had no issues, do not be conned these are not refugees, these are economic migrants after all they can get, return them to Africa."
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "I'd be more worried how many of them are Isis scum ready to destroy humanity..."
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "They could've picked a bigger island but no they use their no sense and go for one of the smallest."
  • AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
    "I wouldn't want to spend my hard earned money only to be confronted with hoards of sad poor people. How long will they remain sitting on the pavements? When their Kos handouts run out and they see what they perceive to be wealthy tourists what will they do? there doesn't seem to be any control over the migrants movements and they appear to be everywhere, its very bad for business!"
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "Is anyone scared? As I am, every European country will become Islamic."
  • ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    "I feel very sorry for the locals, it's turned into a living hell. Foreigners will stop going, which is terribly sad. The whole of Europe will be looking like this very soon."

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