Migrants barred from crossing into Macedonia keep protest

By COSTAS KANTOURIS and KONSTANTIN TESTORIDES, Linked Press

IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Migrants barred from crossing the Greece-Macedonia border held a fourth day of protests Sunday, as Macedonia’s president criticized the European Union over the refugee disaster for a absence of financial help and knowledge sharing.

The influx of migrants into Macedonia has heightened tensions in the country, President Gjorgje Ivanov explained.

“The danger of achievable conflict in between refugees and migrants, the migrants and police and army, and amongst migrants and nearby folks is rated as large,” Ivanov told reporters Sunday right after meeting with going to European Council president Donald Tusk in Macedonia’s funds, Skopje.

Many European international locations, like EU users Slovenia and Croatia and non-associates Serbia and Macedonia, have declared they will only permit “war-zone refugees” from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to transit by means of their international locations on their way to central and northern Europe.

This coverage has remaining a lot of other individuals stranded in the Greek border town for four days, demanding to be permit in and chanting slogans such as “Liberty!” and “We are not terrorists.”

On Sunday, an Iranian man threatened to cut his wrists with a razor if not permitted into Macedonia. Law enforcement intervened to disarm him, but, in the scuffle, he cut his experience.

The variety of migrants getting barred from moving into Macedonia has fallen considerably Sunday, from a lot more than two,000 to all around 1,300 in the early evening. Several of them took buses and taxis to Athens and Thessaloniki. Greek police feel they could be striving to locate other routes, including with the assist of smugglers.

Ivanov also said that Macedonia has the capability to shelter about 2,000 folks in its temporary transit centers.

“Any enhance in these quantities will enhance permanent and immediate threats and dangers for the countrywide protection of Macedonia,” he extra.

A complete of six,000 refugees crossed into Macedonia from early Saturday through early Sunday, law enforcement say. About five hundred,000 refugees have transited by way of Macedonia in 2015.

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Konstantin Testorides reported from Skopje, Macedonia. Demetris Nellas contributed to this report from Athens, Greece.

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