The rioting occurred after news that another prisoner, held for illegally entering the country, died suddenly at the facility days earlier.
A 27-year-old man held at the centre died of natural causes last Friday. Soon after the news of his death was out, roughly 98 inmates began shouting and banging against the doors of their holding cells. Eight of them were led before a prosecutor, who charged them with inmate rioting, arson, attempted escape and causing material damages.
The incident prompted the strong reaction of the local community that has been opposing the creation of a migrant
reception centre in Helliniko facilities, which are adjacent to the old Athens airport.