Greek police conflict with migrants after ‘pretend information’ border motion

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Police pushed again migrants on the Diavata web site on Friday

Greek police have scuffled with tons of of migrants who gathered close to the northern metropolis of Thessaloniki hoping to enter North Macedonia.

The difficulty erupted at Diavata, a migrant camp, after a hearsay unfold on social media suggesting border crossing can be opened for migrants.

The Greek newspaper Kathimerini says dozens of migrants are protesting on the tracks at Athens’s Larissa station, forcing a suspension of rail companies.

Many are refugees from the Center East.

Reviews say some migrants exterior the official Diavata camp hurled sticks and stones at police, who responded with tear gasoline.

Greek media describe as “pretend information” the Fb story about plans for an organised crossing of the North Macedonia border.

About 600 spent the evening tenting in a discipline exterior the Diavata camp, and there have been extra clashes within the morning as police blocked the path to the north.

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This makeshift camp arose quickly on Thursday at Diavata, close to Thessaloniki

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Talking to the BBC by cellphone, a Kurdish migrant from Iraq, 25-year-old Bilal Jaf, stated “the state of affairs is tense in Diavata camp now – we’re afraid that the police will attempt to evacuate our makeshift camp.

“I stay in Greece for 11 months, ready my asylum request to be examined and I do not know for the way lengthy ought to I anticipate that.”

Karzan Abdullah, 24, additionally an Iraqi Kurd, stated: “I stay in Greece for 12 months – I’ve to go on in Europe, as a result of there is no such thing as a life right here anymore.

“We’re knowledgeable that the Greek-North Macedonian border will open at the moment for us. My buddies who additionally wish to be part of the caravan are blocked by the police in Athens railway station.”

Legacy of 2015 disaster

Tens of hundreds of migrants stay in overcrowded camps in Greece, having arrived there in large numbers in 2015-2016. They embrace many Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis.

In that disaster Germany took in additional than 800,000 asylum seekers – a problem that is still very controversial. Worldwide legislation grants a proper of asylum for refugees fleeing struggle or persecution.

The inflow declined quickly after Turkey reached a take care of the EU to intercept migrant boats and Balkan nations imposed tight border restrictions.

In 2016, a sprawling tent metropolis fashioned at Idomeni, on the Greece-North Macedonia border. It was later cleared by Greek police and the migrants had been redistributed to numerous official camps.

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