FYROM: Barricades set up on the border, emigrants blocked

FYROM: Barricades set up on the border, emigrants blocked

Skopje, 30 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Situation with refugees continues to be tense in the Macedonian-Greek border and around 2 thousand refugees are not being allowed to enter the country.

The country’s army has completed the barbed wire fence 3 meters high and 4 km long.

As a sign of revolt, refugees continue their protest demanding to be allowed to continue with their journey. According to the latest decision taken by authorities in Skopje, police is being selective, by only allowing into the country refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Refugees from other Asian and African countries are not being allowed in. The majority of them are from Morocco, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Pakistan and Iran. These refugees have clashed with police on Saturday. 18 police officers have remained wounded after being attacked with stones.

Railway toward Greece has also been closed to stop illegal crossings.

“Situation in the past 24 hours is quiet and there’s no tension. Refugees are arriving and crossing the border”, said UNHCR representative, Aleksandra Kraus.

The head of the Ombudsman office, Ixhet Memeti criticizes the state’s approach toward refugees.

“We must not only allow refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but all of those who leave their countries because their life is endangered”, declared Memeti.

Activist of the humanitarian organization “Merhamet” considers the government’s decision as inhumane.

“Macedonia applies punishment and discrimination. As an organization, we must be humane and also as a society and I’d like to take this opportunity to appeal on all political parties to seriously handle this situation. As a society, we must know how to treat these people”, said Eljasa Ismaili from the “Merhamet” humanitarian organization.

According to the latest information given by the Ministry of Interior, the number of refugees in the past 24 hours entering FYROM is over 4 thousand people. Most of them are from Syria and Afghanistan. /ibna/