Border chaos and violence as tens of thousands of refugees try to leave Greece

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IDOMENI, GREECE – The debate over immigration and walls is not just a trumped up controversy in America.

It’s becoming a big headache for Europe.

Middle-eastern refugees in Greece are using battering rams and hands to break down walls and fences keeping them from entering Macedonia and from there to other European nations.

Refugees briefly broke down a border fence and tried to push their way through, but police in riot gear used tear gas to stop them, injuring dozens in the chaos, including several children.

Greece has been warning other European Union states that if they close their borders and leave Greece to fend for itself, then the refugee crisis will boil over.

This weekend, German chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the EU must not abandon Greece, or it will face disaster.

Macedonia allows only Syrian and Iraqi refugees, all others must have valid photo IDs, which few of them have.

That’s leaving tens of thousands stranded in Greece, many of them from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries.

In France, the crisis is going up in smoke, literally.

Police and refugees clashed in Calais as police tried to tear down a camp. The refugees set their shanties on fire, burning down their own shelters, in protest.

French officials say they wanted to move the refugees into shipping containers.

An interesting choice as Europe tries to contain this growing crisis.