Iranian refugees stranded at border sew lips shut in protest

These refugees are said to have done this in hopes of persuading Macedonia to open the border and let them through on their way to western Europe.

A group of Iranian refugees now stranded at the border between Greece and Macedonia for the past four days have reportedly sewn their mouths shut in protest against their situations.

They are joined by hundreds of other halted migrants, most hailing from Iran, Morocco, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who have been barred entry to Europe as a result of countries tightening their borders following the November 13 attacks in Paris.

One of the refugees involved in the protest, a 34-yr-old Iranian man named Hamid, told Reuters he's an electrical engineer and wants to immigrate "to any free country in the world."

"I cannot go back," he said. "I will be hanged."


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