Thousands of migrants overwhelm Macedonian border security following the country’s state of emergency declaration
- Macedonia had declared a state of emergency prior to the event to close its borders to migrants, leaving thousands stranded at the border with little food or water.
- Border authorities used stun grenades and batons against the migrants, who quickly overwhelmed forces as they attempted to move on through the Balkan country towards Western Europe.
- There were indications that the Macedonian government shifted to trying to coordinate the transport of migrants through the country to expedite their departure for other European countries.
“In this Europe, animals are sleeping in beds and we sleep in the rain. … I was freezing for four days in the rain, with nothing to eat.”
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