The situation at Greece’s northern borders escalated when police on the FYROM side fired tear gas and stun grenades against refugees Monday noon. A few hundred of refugees, women and men holding their kids in their arms took down the border fence, broke a gate and tried to enter FYROM. they were stand-by in the neutral zone between fyrom and Greece.
The refugees have become very angry after the long delays of border crossing as Skopje open the gates only on and off. On Sunday, borders opened from 9 pm until 4 am and only 305 people went through – and not 500 per day as it was supposedly to happen. On Monday, borders opened 11:30-12 and only 10 people went through.
No wonder that the thousands awaiting got angry. They threw stones at the FYROM police and were changing “Open the border!”
FYROM police claimed that 500 people earlier pushed their way past Greek police to reach the gate used to let trains through at the border crossing.
More than 6,500 people are trapped on the Greek side of the border since a week, when FYROM closed the borders following Austrias’ instructions.
There are a lot of families with children, some of them sick due to the harsh living conditions with not much food and shelter. State ERT TV reported that people stand queue for up to 4 hours to get a sandwich and a bottle of water
Citing FYROM diplomatic sources, private Mega TV reported that “FYROM strictly follows the resolutions of the West Balkan Conferenceheld last week in Vienna upon Austria’s initiative. The diplomatic sources said further that they allow so many people to cross as Serbia in the northern borders allows too.”
Holding her two kids, mom tries to protect them from tear-gas.
Austria has sent 20 policemen to guard FYROM’s borders. Now it turns out that also the Czech Republic has sent a police unit.
— Philipp Breu (@philippbreu) February 29, 2016
PS so it will be interesting to know, whether these ‘foreign policemen” were involved in the tear-gas…