A group of migrants at Greece’s border with Macedonia blocked a rail line on Thursday in protest at Macedonia’s refusal to let them in to continue their route toward Western Europe.
The group lay down on the Greek side of the train track, preventing a freight train that had just crossed from Macedonia from continuing its journey south.
Some 10,000 people are held at the border.
Macedonian authorities have said they will only let in as many people as the next country on the route, Serbia, takes. Greek police said that in the 24 hours to 0600 Thursday, 500 people were allowed to cross.
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Greece’s prime minister on Thursday called for sanctions to be imposed on European Union states that refuse to take in their share of the hundreds of thousands of refugees flowing into the continent through his country.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also demanded that the practically dormant procedure for relocating refugees stranded in Greece to other EU members should be drastically speeded up.
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