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Symbolic funeral in Berlin to protest treatment of migrants

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 01:10

Demonstrators in Berlin hold a symbolic funeral and clash with police to protest the EU treatment of migrants crossing the sea from Africa. Diane Hodges reports.

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Demonstrators in Germany carry a coffin past the parliament building. A symbol of the hundreds of migrants who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to get to Europe. These protesters say refusing entry to the migrants is a violation of the EU constitution. They also believe Germany is not doing enough to help the desperate travelers. One protester compares the political walls keeping the migrants out to the concrete wall that once divided Berlin. (SOUNDBITE) (German) ENTREPRENEUR AND PUBLICIST, ANKE DOMSCHEIT-BERG, SAYING: "I grew up in communist East Germany where there was also a wall." Most of Europe agrees that more needs to be done to rescue people at sea. But the continent is divided on what to do with the refugees once they are ashore. As the demonstrators march, another 7-hundred refugees arrive at a port in southern Italy. Some groups say more than 100,000 migrants have arrived in Greece and Italy so far this year. Thousands more are believed to be waiting in Libya to make their journey.

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Symbolic funeral in Berlin to protest treatment of migrants

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 01:10