Tear gas and pepper spray to be used against migrant children in Europe
A major EU plan to tackle the crisis in the Balkans will see EU member states deploying more tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse migrants and children who are trying to get to Germany and other western European countries.
The European Commission is proposing to deploy 5,000 tear gas guns at its border fence with Serbia, and 2,000 rubber bullets.EU border guards will be equipped with an automatic weapon and tear gas to stop migrants and their families trying to cross into the Schengen area of free movement.
The plan also includes plans for soldiers to be deployed to patrol the border and to enforce the rules.EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “It is our obligation to ensure that we keep our borders secure.
And to stop the smugglers we have to deploy armed forces.”
The EU has taken in some 7.3 million asylum seekers so far this year, but many more are feared to be on their way, with Europe’s largest economy struggling to cope with the migrant crisis.