Two platoons of MAT riot police monitored by a public prosecutor were called in to restore order to the 3rd wing of Korydallos prison in Athens on Tuesday, in order to restrain some 450 prisoners of Arab and Asian origins that were running rampage in the building.

A justice ministry announcement said the intervention of riot police was deemed necessary because the prisoners, many of whom are waiting to be deported back to their own countries, had caused extensive damage to the facilities of the wing, damaging railings, fencing and common rooms.

No one was injured during the police operation and the prisoners all returned to their cells.