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Stranded migrants scuffle with police at Greek border

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 00:40

Migrants scuffle with police at the the Idomeni border camp on the Greek border as frustration grows over the fate of some 12,000 who continue to languish at the camp. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Scuffles broke out between migrants and police at the Idomeni border camp on Tuesday (March 29) amid rising tension over the fate of the some 12,000 who continue to stay at the camp. Migrants threw stones at riot police and pushed against a cordon of officers with shields who had come to clear protesters off the railway tracks. Migrants have been blocking the railway tracks for days in protest, demanding to be allowed through the Greece-Macedonia border. It is just one of the angry protests in the last days as options run out for the camp's inhabitants. Late on Monday (March 28) the migrants staged another protest which was broken up by police without use of force. The government has appealed to migrants to leave the makeshift camp and its rough and unsanitary conditions for official reception centers, but they do not want to leave in the slim chance the frontier will open, which is unlikely. There are currently some 50,000 migrants in Greece, most of whom want to continue their journey to other parts of western Europe. They are staying at official reception centers around the country, except for those at the Idomeni border camp, and those sleeping at the port of Piraeus near Athens. Tensions among the migrants has risen at the port as a number of people have developed illnesses. Some of the migrants there said they did not even know there were official reception centers are, as no one informed them when they arrived by boat from the islands.

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Stranded migrants scuffle with police at Greek border

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 00:40