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Macedonian police use stun grenades, batons on migrants

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:21

Police set off stun grenades on the Greece-Macedonia border after a chaotic scene where migrants were breaking through a police line. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Thousands of rain-soaked migrants stormed across Macedonia's border on Saturday (August 22) as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons, struggling to enforce a decree to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. Security forces managed to contain hundreds. But several thousand others - many of them Syrian refugees - tore through wire fences in muddy fields to Macedonian territory after days spent in the open without access to shelter, food or water. Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and ordered its borders sealed to migrants, many of them refugees from war who have been entering from Greece at a rate of 2,000 per day en route to Hungary and Europe's borderless Schengen zone.

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Macedonian police use stun grenades, batons on migrants

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:21