Police in Macedonia have fired tear gas at hundreds of refugees who were trying to break a border fence and get into the Balkan state as anger increased over a daily cap on refugee entries.
Some 300 Iraqi and Syrian refugees tore down the fence on Monday and blocked a railway line, refusing to move while shouting “open the borders.” Police fired several rounds of tear gas at protesters. The charity Doctors of the World said at least 30 people, including children, needed first aid. The demonstration came after Macedonia allowed only 300 Iraqi and Syrians to get into its territory.
On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Austria and Balkan states for capping the number of refugees. Europe is facing an unprecedented influx of refugees, most of whom are fleeing conflict-ridden zones in Africa and the Middle East, particularly Syria. Many blame support by some Western countries for militants operating in the Middle East as the main reason behind the departure of refugees from their home countries.