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Migrant misery at Greece-Macedonia border

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 00:45

Angry migrants near Greece's Idomeni are protesting against border controls, desperate for permission to continue their journey towards western Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of migrants stranded in northern Greece joined a protest and said they would stage a hunger strike on Monday (February 22) after moves by neighbouring Macedonia to impose further controls over the flow of people moving through the country to Western Europe. At a crossing at Idomeni, which straddles the Greek-Macedonian border, about 1,200 Syrians and Iraqis had gathered along with 400 Afghans waiting for passage. Another 1,000 people were moving to the border on foot, walking a 20-km distance from where they had been dropped off by buses, and 1,200 waiting at another. Hundreds of Afghans joined a sit-in near the border crossing and said they would go on hunger strike, demanding to be granted passage into Macedonia and onwards to western Europe. Greek officials say the flow of people across the border has slowed after restrictions imposed by Macedonian authorities who want additional identification from people to allow passage, including from Syrian refugees. Balkan states along the migrant route northwards to western and northern Europe have started denying passage to all those not coming from conflict regions of Syria and Iraq. Macedonia has erected two lines of metal fencing topped with razor wire at the main crossing point for migrants along its southern border with Greece.

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Migrant misery at Greece-Macedonia border

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 00:45