Muslim migrants broke through a border fence into Macedonia after using a home-made battering ram to charge through
Hundreds of Muslim migrants attempted to break through a fence on the Greece-Macedonia border by charging it with a home-made battering ram. Authorities fired tear gas and stun guns as thousands of refugees congregated at the border to cross into the Balkan country in a bid to make their way across Europe.
It comes as Macedonia as well as EU members Slovenia and Croatia and Serbia imposed a daily limit of allowing just 580 migrants into the country per day.
Now it is estimated that 6,500 people are queuing at the fence near the Greek village of Idomeni waiting to be allowed to continue the trek into Europe.
But tempers have been flaring as some have been stuck for eight days with little food and today the refugees broke out into a protest chanting ‘Open the border’ and threw stones at the Macedonian police.
They later moved towards the border fence, chanting slogans to demand to be allowed into Macedonia so they can continue their journey to elsewhere in Europe.
Macedonian authorities let just 300 migrants through on Saturday, with the bottleneck growing. One Syrian man said: ‘I’m 17 days on the road with my family and my two children. I don’t know what to do.’
The build-up at the Idomeni camp, which can hold up to 1,500 people, began in earnest last week after Macedonia began refusing entry to Afghans and imposed stricter controls on Syrians and Iraqis.
The measures came on the heels of a clampdown by Austria, which lies further up the migrant trail to Germany and Scandinavia. source