Migrants defy the rain to stage a protest on Greece's border with Macedonia, chanting 'Merkel' as they pin their hopes on the German chancellor to help open borders and restore the so-called 'Balkan corridor''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Migrants stranded for days on Greece's border with Macedonia staged a protest on Sunday (March 13), marching along the muddy, waterlogged fields calling for the border to be opened. Men, women and children dressed in raincoats and carrying umbrellas and thermal blankets to shelter from the relentless rain, chanted "Merkel' as they waved their fists in the air. Some 12,000 people have built up at the makeshift tent settlement at Idomeni after countries along the Balkan migrant route sealed their frontiers. The migrants, despite living rough in squalid conditions, at a camp that was originally planned to shelter some 1,400 people, refuse to leave fearing they might lose one of their last chances to cross over to Macedonia and move northwards into the wealthier European states. The despairing migrants see Germany as one of their last allies and place their hopes on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to persuade the other states along the 'Balkan corridor' to reopen their border gates. EU leaders and Ankara will meet for a second time this month on March 17, aiming to seal a deal that will try to stem illegal migrant flows from Turkey to Europe through Greece. Some 44,000 migrants are stuck in the debt-laden country's mainland and islands, according to data released by the Greek government on Sunday morning.