Clashes erupt as Greek police stop migrants from reaching border | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Clashes erupt as Greek police stop migrants from reaching border

* Migrants head toward border after false rumour goes viral

* Police block access to nearby border crossing

* Buses start taking some people back to housing

* Tens of thousands of migrants, refugees stuck in Greece (Updates with quotes, detail)

By Lefteris Papadimas

DIAVATA, Greece, April 6 (Reuters) - Greek police fired teargas on Saturday as angry migrants hoping to travel to northern Europe hurled stones and bottles after being barred from reaching a nearby border crossing, witnesses said.

Spurred by a false rumour about border openings that spread on social media, hundreds of migrants and refugees arrived and pitched tents on Thursday in a field next to the Diavata migrant camp near Greece's border with North Macedonia.

There were dozens of tents in the field on Saturday and riot police formed a cordon to block an access route, parking 20 buses to stop the migrants from leaving the field. Authorities also sent buses to take people back to housing settlements.

At about midday, riot police fired teargas at dozens of people -- some carrying children -- who hurled stones and bottles as they tried to break through the police cordon and reach the main road leading to the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What a damned cruel joke, on both the Greek people, who are suffering the dual blow of austerity, and an unimaginable burden by the sheer number of illegal immigrants with which they are having to deal.

Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is going to have to solve this; otherwise, we may possibly see a genuine uprising against him, and this policie, which have put Greece in such a terrible bind.

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