DIAVATA, Greece (AP) — Clashes broke out Thursday between migrants and Greek police outside a camp in northern Greece, where hundreds gathered in the hope of reviving a route that saw hundreds of thousands enter more prosperous countries in Europe.
In the wake of anonymous calls on social media for a long trek through heavily guarded Balkan borders, police said more than 500 people, including families with small children, assembled in a cornfield outside the Diavata migrant camp, which is around 6 miles west of the city of Thessaloniki.
Some set up tents as dozens more approached on foot.
Later, about 200 clashed with riot police after trying to break through a cordon. They threw stones at police who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
No injuries or arrests were reported.
Migrants, most of whom have already requested asylum in Greece, said they planned to go to the fenced-off border with North Macedonia 38 miles away and try to push through.