The Latest: Migrants in Calais board ship amid protest

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Posted: Jan 23, 2016 2:24 PM
The Latest: Migrants in Calais board ship amid protest

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The latest developments in Europe's immigration crisis (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

The Calais mayor's office says migrants have taken advantage of a protest by supporters to board a ship in the port in northern France.

Saturday's protest drew around 2,000 people — migrants and supporters — and the mayor's office says about 50 people broke through security and climbed aboard the ship.

The chaotic protest came as British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the region, which is temporary home to about 4,000 migrants camped out in hopes of finding a better life in Britain, across the English Channel. Numerous migrants have died trying to make the crossing illegally.

Protesters say the increased security is putting lives in danger, as are the living conditions. But France is under pressure from Britain to secure the region and the city.

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7:35 p.m.

A protest organized by French leftists to support migrants living in squalid conditions in the northern city of Calais has drawn around 2,000 people, according to organizers.

The protest Saturday came as British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the region, which is temporary home to about 4,000 migrants camped out in hopes of finding a better life in Britain, across the Channel. Numerous migrants have died trying to make the crossing illegally.

The protesters Saturday say the increased security presence in the Calais region is putting lives in danger, as are the living conditions. But France is under pressure from Britain to secure the region and the French premier said this week that Europe cannot welcome everyone.

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7:10 p.m.

Swedish police have arrested "a large group" from a neo-Nazi movement that staged an unannounced rally in Stockholm following a brawl.

Police spokeswoman Eva Nilsson said some of the 40 people that marched Saturday to a downtown square where they were allowed to gather "suddenly attacked police." She added those detained could face charges for rioting.

On its Web site, the Swedish Resistance Movement said its demonstration had been stopped by police.

In Copenhagen, the Danish chapter of the anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement had invited former English Defense League leader Tommy Robinson to speak at a separate demonstration of 80 people in central Copenhagen. About 200 counter-demonstrators chanting "Refugees are welcome here!" were held at bay by helmeted riot police. No major incidents were reported.

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4:05 p.m.

Authorities in Macedonia say they have reopened the border to let in migrants after a brief closure due to technical reasons.

The latest police report, published Saturday, says 1,031 people entered Macedonia through its southern border with Greece in the 24-hour period ending midnight Friday.

Nearly 38,000 migrants have passed through the country this year.

Macedonia briefly closed the border twice on Friday but soon re-opened it. A senior official explained, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, the closure was because of "technical reasons".

Macedonia is only letting in refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who have declared Austria and Germany as their final destinations. It rejects all others as economic migrants.

The border was closed for two days earlier this week.