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Migrants, locals stage separate protests near border camp

  • Farmers protest against migrants, blocking a road near the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Saturday, April 2, 2016. Greece is pressing ahead with plans to start deporting migrants and refugees back to Turkey next week, despite mounting concern from the United Nations and human rights organizations that Syrians could be denied proper protection while some are allegedly even being forced back into their war-torn country. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Farmers protest against migrants, blocking a road near the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Saturday, April 2, 2016. Greece is pressing ahead with plans to start deporting migrants and refugees back to Turkey next week, despite mounting concern from the United Nations and human rights organizations that Syrians could be denied proper protection while some are allegedly even being forced back into their war-torn country. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A boy walks through the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Saturday, April 2, 2016. Greece is pressing ahead with plans to start deporting migrants and refugees back to Turkey next week, despite mounting concern from the United Nations and human rights organizations that Syrians could be denied proper protection while some are allegedly even being forced back into their war-torn country. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A boy walks through the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Saturday, April 2, 2016. Greece is pressing ahead with plans to start deporting migrants and refugees back to Turkey next week, despite mounting concern from the United Nations and human rights organizations that Syrians could be denied proper protection while some are allegedly even being forced back into their war-torn country. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Men carry their belongings to a bus as they and other refugees and migrants are transferred to an organized camp, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Greece is pressing ahead with plans to start deporting migrants and refugees back to Turkey next week, despite mounting concern from the United Nations and human rights organizations that Syrians could be denied proper protection while some are allegedly even being forced back into their war-torn country. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    Men carry their belongings to a bus as they and other refugees and migrants are transferred to an organized camp, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Greece is pressing ahead with plans to start deporting migrants and refugees back to Turkey next week, despite mounting concern from the United Nations and human rights organizations that Syrians could be denied proper protection while some are allegedly even being forced back into their war-torn country. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

More than 200 refugees and migrants are staging a protest on a highway linking Greece and Macedonia, demanding that Macedonia open its borders and allow them to continue their journeys to central and northern Europe.

The protest is being staged about 17 kilometers (10 miles) from the makeshift camp at the border town of Idomeni, where about 11,000 people have been stranded since Macedonia and other Balkan countries further north shut down the busiest migrant route. The protesters are blocking trucks from crossing into Macedonia, but not passenger vehicles.

Earlier Saturday, several dozen local people staged a protest at another location further from their town, demanding that the government shut down the camp and relocate migrants to transit centers across Greece.