Slovenian police used tear gas against migrants

  • 19/09/2015
A migrant holds a child in front of Slovenian police at border from Croatia to Slovenia (Reuters)
A migrant holds a child in front of Slovenian police at border from Croatia to Slovenia (Reuters)

Slovenian police have used tear gas to disperse a group of migrants on its border as the country's government says it is considering opening safe corridors for refugees to pass through the tiny Alpine country.

The incident happened at the Harmica border crossing as several hundred migrants demanded to be allowed to enter Slovenia.

After more than an hour of tension, riot police used tear gas to stop migrants, some with children, that were pushing against a police cordon at a bridge on the border.

The clash happened just hours after Prime Minister Miro Cerar announced Slovenia might consider the creation of safe corridors for refugees wanting to reach northern Europe if they continue arriving in large numbers.

"If the pressure of refugees (on the borders) becomes too strong, Slovenia will certainly discuss... possible so-called corridors with all the countries that might be concerned," Cerar said in a statement after a meeting of the country's National Security Council.

The Slovenian authorities on Friday registered more than 1000 refugees that had entered the country while more than 700 were still at the Obrezje border crossing, 20 kilometres east of the Croatian capital Zagreb, waiting to be allowed in.

AFP