EUROPE’S migrant crisis spiralled out of control yesterday as refugees used a battering ram to try to cross a border.
Hundreds used a giant steel pole to crash through a wire fence in a desperate attempt to get into Macedonia.Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades after the barrier was breached near Idomeni on the Greek border.
About 7,000 are currently camping in squalid conditions as they try to head north through Europe and claim asylum.
Scenes turned ugly as migrants threw stones at police as they tried to breach the 20ft metal fence.
“The borders are effectively closed, it’s a huge problem”
Nidal Jojack, migrant
Women and children were almost trampled amid the chaos.
The migrants from Syria and Iraq chanted “Open the border” and “We want to go to Serbia” as officials sent reinforcements.
A police spokesman said they had opened gates to 50 people.
Nidal Jojack, 45, who has been camping in the slums, said some were starving.
She said: “The borders are effectively closed, it’s a huge problem. To get food, we have to wait in very long queues.”Authorities fear huge numbers will soon be free to cross Europe and settle in countries like the UK.
In France, migrants set tents on fire and hurled missiles at police as bulldozers moved in to flatten the notorious Jungle camp.
Calais resembled a war zone as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at activists who refused to budge from the shanty town.
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