Refugees arriving from countries like Morocco, Iran and Pakistan in protest sew their lips and assert they will not return to their countries as they are being blocked from moving forward.
This protest comes amid decision by Greek authorities to allow only migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq through while migrants from other countries will be blocked. These protesting migrants say they will not go back as they are being stopped from going north. The agitated migrants blocked rail traffic at the Macedonian border, while they were protesting against a verdict to only let Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis to cross from Greece onwards into Europe.
Reports have that, some of the infuriated migrants who got stuck at the Greek-Macedonia border; sewed their lips together with cord. At this occasion was declaring a hunger strike prior to staging a sit in just in front of the Macedonian riot police.
A 34-year-old migrant from Iran when he was asked where he wanted to go, he said, “To any free country in the world. I cannot go back. I will be hanged,” he said. Since the refugee crisis started enveloping Europe, tens and thousands of migrants, majority from Syria and Iraq fleeing ISIS, have by now sneaked into the northern Europe from the Balkans reaching there following the route from Turkey.
In the wake of the refugee influx, bulk of migrants have passed through Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia as they were heading to the European Union’s more prosperous countries like Germany and Sweden.
Nonetheless, last week, Slovenia affirmed that it would only allow passage to those migrants who are fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. While at the same time, all other migrants were classed as “economic migrants” would be sent back, the Slovenian authorities said. Seeing this, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia – countries on what is known as the Balkan corridor also followed Slovenia in making the same decision.