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After days, and in some cases weeks, of up to 14,000 refugees and migrants waiting in deplorable conditions in Idomeni, journalists and volunteers working on the ground are reporting that thousands have started to march towards the border.
The Greek/FYROM border was closed off completely last week.
TIME reporter Simon Shuster tweetz:
“I’m with mass of refugees from Idomeni trying to walk through hills to Macedonia…Idomeni break-out today well-organised. Fliers printed out by refugees tell 1000s to walk to Germany. So far, so good. Police staying back.”
“Few dozen Greek police just tried and failed to block 100s of refugees breaking out of Idomeni. March continues. Local police chief on refugees breaking through: “Our orders are, No violence. That’s what Athens says. So what can we do?”.”
“March of refugees looks to be in 1000s now, more joining. Police drones monitoring progress toward Macedonia. Flier calling for refugees to march said: Germany wants to take you, Balkans only want money. If 1000s march, borders will open (paraphrase).”