Migrants at Turkey-Greece border demand passage to Europe

Syrian people sit on the ground in front of the riot shields of a line of Turkish police blocking the route, preventing migrants and refugees from continuing on their way to the Turkish-Greek border at Edirne on September 19, 2015Tensions rose Saturday in the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, where around 2,000 migrants have been blocked by police from reaching the nearby border with Greece for nearly a week. The migrants have been facing off with police since Tuesday, when local authorities sealed off the main road from the east to groups of mostly Syrian refugees arriving from other parts of Turkey. The standoff has been devoid of the violence that has characterised confrontations between migrants and police in some parts of Europe but tensions edged higher on Saturday afternoon, with riot police using batons to disperse a group of around 300 people who tried to force their way past police lines.

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