Greek police clash with migrants, block access to border route
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Greek police clashed on Saturday (April 6) with groups of migrants and refugees camped in a field close to the country's northern border hoping to cross to neighbouring countries and travel onward to northern Europe.
Riot police fired teargas at dozens of people - some with children in their arms - who threw stones and bottles as they tried to break a police cordon and reach a road leading to the border.
Hundreds of people had arrived at the field next to the migrant camp of Diavata near the border with North Macedonia on Thursday (April 4) and set up tents.
They were prompted by reports on social media of plans for an organised movement to cross Greece's northern land border.
About 100 tents were pitched in the field which was heavily guarded by police.
People refused to leave despite calls by officials to return to accommodation centres and warnings that onward travel would be impossible.
Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are stuck in Greece from when Balkan countries shut their borders in 2016, closing the main passage towards northern Europe.