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Greece: Idomeni refugees bused away from site as riot police clear camp01:43

Greece: Idomeni refugees bused away from site as riot police clear camp

Greece, Idomeni
May 24, 2016 at 08:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Riot police started to clear the Idomeni refugee camp, early Tuesday morning, after months of migrants being stranded at the Macedonian border crossing, attempting to gain passage to Western Europe. Despite over 400 riot police entering the camp, there have not been any reports of violence.

Government buses carrying refugees could be seen leaving the site. Despite Greek authorities vowing not to use violence while emptying the makeshift camp, journalists and activists were not allowed inside the camp.

Prior to the operation up to ten police squads arrived in the Europe’s largest informal refugee camp, setting up two checkpoints: one 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the camp, with a second installed just 2 kilometres (1,2 miles) from Idomeni. Only registered members of NGOs or journalists are being allowed to pass the checkpoints.

The refugees will be transferred from the camp with coaches into a hotspot close to Thessaloniki, to a facility that can allegedly host 6,000 people.

Greece: Idomeni refugees bused away from site as riot police clear camp01:43
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Riot police started to clear the Idomeni refugee camp, early Tuesday morning, after months of migrants being stranded at the Macedonian border crossing, attempting to gain passage to Western Europe. Despite over 400 riot police entering the camp, there have not been any reports of violence.

Government buses carrying refugees could be seen leaving the site. Despite Greek authorities vowing not to use violence while emptying the makeshift camp, journalists and activists were not allowed inside the camp.

Prior to the operation up to ten police squads arrived in the Europe’s largest informal refugee camp, setting up two checkpoints: one 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the camp, with a second installed just 2 kilometres (1,2 miles) from Idomeni. Only registered members of NGOs or journalists are being allowed to pass the checkpoints.

The refugees will be transferred from the camp with coaches into a hotspot close to Thessaloniki, to a facility that can allegedly host 6,000 people.

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