Thousands of Muslim migrants, most of them from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, have been pouring into Greece on a weekly basis with the aim of travelling through Macedonia and Serbia to reach the European Union.
Thousands of these refugees are “stuck” on the Macedonia border as more arrive. Media reports of this Muslim invasion focus on the crying women and children, who seem to have been deliberately brought to the front of the crowd. Clearly the vast majority of these “migrants” are men, and in any case, under normal circumstances, wouldn’t you take the women, and especially the children, to the side so that they wouldn’t get hurt in clashes with police? Instead, they are used as human shields. How Hamas.
AP framing the narrative
If you disagree with letting all these people into your country, you are a heartless hateful racist bigot. Imagine if this logic were applied in daily life, if someone wanted to enter your house, take all your stuff and even move in there — should you be forced to let them in? Shouldn’t every sovereign nation have the right to let in who they want into their country, just like a person can decide who they want to let into their home? Nobody has a “right” to move to a certain country, or to become a citizen or to receive welfare or some other assistance, but it seems as though we as a culture and civilization have completely forgotten about that.
So when all European cities, and even whole countries, start to look like Paris or London (where the majority of the population is of foreign extraction and Islam is the dominant religion), will we have “helped” enough…?
“Chaos at Macedonia border as refugees tear through police lines”
Migrants try to cross Greece’s border with Macedonia, in Gevgelija, Macedonia
Migrants try to cross Greece’s border with Macedonia, in Gevgelija, Macedonia, August 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ognen …
By Fatos Bytyci
Macedonian police drive back refugee crowd on Greek border Reuters
With tear gas and razor wire, Macedonia tries to stem refugee tide Reuters
Macedonian border breached by hundreds of refugees AFP
Refugees, migrants break through police lines on Macedonian border Reuters
Macedonia cracks down on flow of migrants under emergency decree Reuters
GEVGELIJA, Macedonia (Reuters) – Thousands of rain-soaked migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons, struggling to enforce a decree to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe.
Security forces managed to contain hundreds in no-man’s land. But several thousand others – many of them Syrian refugees – tore through muddy fields to Macedonian territory after days spent in the open without access to shelter, food or water.
“In this Europe, animals are sleeping in beds and we sleep in the rain,” said 23-year-old Syrian woman Fatima Hamido after running across the border. “I was freezing for four days in the rain, with nothing to eat.”
Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and ordered its borders sealed to migrants, many of them refugees from war who have been entering from Greece at a rate of 2,000 per day en route to Hungary and Europe’s borderless Schengen zone.
On Friday, riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to drive back angry crowds, in the latest flare-up in a migration crisis that has brought ripples from the conflicts of the Middle East to Europe’s shores.
A woman hugs two boys after crossing Greece’s border …
A woman hugs two boys after crossing Greece’s border into Macedonia near Gevgelija, Macedonia, A …
Calling out the army, Macedonia said it would ration access, and allowed some 600 through overnight; they squeezed onto a dawn train north to the Serbian border.
But far more have since arrived on the Greek side, converging on a filthy, chaotic strip of frontier with little sign of an organized aid effort. Some industrious Greeks sold sandwiches and drinks to those prepared to pay. A man with a generator charged 1.5 euros to charge mobile phones.
Pakistani man Faroq Awais, 30, said: “Last night it was raining and we couldn’t go anywhere inside. We were sleeping against the walls of a building but it didn’t help.”
Many of those arriving are Syrian refugees who have come via Greek islands such as Kos. Some 50,000 hit Greek shores in July alone.
A Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards …
A Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards migrants to stop them from entering into Macedo …
“We urge the (Macedonian) government to start opening the border again and prioritizing the most vulnerable, such as women, children and sick people,” Alexandra Krause, a senior protection officer with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said earlier on Saturday.
“There are around 3,000 people here and the numbers are rising,” Krause told Reuters. “People are exhausted. It has rained all night and they had no shelter.”
For many Macedonians, the crisis has echoes of 1999, when hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians took shelter in refugee camps on Macedonia’s northern border during a war in neighboring Kosovo, then a province of Serbia.
Critics say those who cross from Greece do not linger long in Macedonia and accuse Skopje of failing to respond quickly enough to the rising numbers by opening reception centers on the border.
Conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, on the ropes for much of 2015 over a surveillance scandal, faces an early election next April and may win praise at home for taking a hard line on Greece for allowing the migrants through.
Macedonian state media have criticized Athens for chartering ships to take migrants from Greek islands to the mainland.
Athens and Skopje have an uneasy relationship, rooted in a dispute over Macedonia’s name since it declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The row has effectively blocked Macedonia’s integration with the European Union and NATO.
(Additional reporting by Yannis Behrakis and Fedja Grulovic in IDOMENI, Greece; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Andrew Roche)
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