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Austrian police clash with people protesting border closure

  • Police officers try to stopp protesters on their way in the village of Brenner on the Italian-Austrian border, Sunday, April 3, 2016.   Austria's defense minister said his country will deploy soldiers at a key Alpine pass to stop migrants arriving from Italy. Hans Peter Doskozil told German daily Die Welt that the move anticipates a shift in migrant flows from the Turkey-Greece route to the central Mediterranean. In an interview published Saturday, the newspaper quotes Doskozil saying that the military can provide "considerable support to border security" at the Brenner pass. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Police officers try to stopp protesters on their way in the village of Brenner on the Italian-Austrian border, Sunday, April 3, 2016. Austria's defense minister said his country will deploy soldiers at a key Alpine pass to stop migrants arriving from Italy. Hans Peter Doskozil told German daily Die Welt that the move anticipates a shift in migrant flows from the Turkey-Greece route to the central Mediterranean. In an interview published Saturday, the newspaper quotes Doskozil saying that the military can provide "considerable support to border security" at the Brenner pass. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police  try to stopp protesters who demonstrate against new borders, on their way in the Italian village of Brenner on the Italian-Austrian border, Sunday, April 3, 2016.  Austria's defense minister said his country will deploy soldiers at a key Alpine pass to stop migrants arriving from Italy. Hans Peter Doskozil told German daily Die Welt that the move anticipates a shift in migrant flows from the Turkey-Greece route to the central Mediterranean. In an interview published Saturday, the newspaper quotes Doskozil saying that the military can provide "considerable support to border security" at the Brenner pass.    ( AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Police try to stopp protesters who demonstrate against new borders, on their way in the Italian village of Brenner on the Italian-Austrian border, Sunday, April 3, 2016. Austria's defense minister said his country will deploy soldiers at a key Alpine pass to stop migrants arriving from Italy. Hans Peter Doskozil told German daily Die Welt that the move anticipates a shift in migrant flows from the Turkey-Greece route to the central Mediterranean. In an interview published Saturday, the newspaper quotes Doskozil saying that the military can provide "considerable support to border security" at the Brenner pass. ( AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo, taken through a window, protesters make their way in the Italian village of Brenner on the Italian-Austrian border, to protest against new barriers and borders  Sunday, April 3, 2016.  Austria's defense minister said his country will deploy soldiers at a key Alpine pass to stop migrants arriving from Italy. Hans Peter Doskozil told German daily Die Welt that the move anticipates a shift in migrant flows from the Turkey-Greece route to the central Mediterranean. In an interview published Saturday, the newspaper quotes Doskozil saying that the military can provide "considerable support to border security" at the Brenner pass. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    In this photo, taken through a window, protesters make their way in the Italian village of Brenner on the Italian-Austrian border, to protest against new barriers and borders Sunday, April 3, 2016. Austria's defense minister said his country will deploy soldiers at a key Alpine pass to stop migrants arriving from Italy. Hans Peter Doskozil told German daily Die Welt that the move anticipates a shift in migrant flows from the Turkey-Greece route to the central Mediterranean. In an interview published Saturday, the newspaper quotes Doskozil saying that the military can provide "considerable support to border security" at the Brenner pass. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)  (The Associated Press)

Austrian police have clashed with protesters demonstrating against the closure of Europe's borders to migrants.

About 1,500 people took part Sunday in a protest at the Brenner border crossing between Austria and Italy.

Toward the end of a peaceful march dozens of protesters tried to break through a line of Austrian police in riot gear.

Police used batons and pepper spray to drive back the protesters, some of who threw bottles and rocks at the officers.

The Austrian daily the Tiroler Tageszeitung reported on its website that two police officers were injured.

Several European Union countries have responded to the influx of migrants from across the Mediterranean by reintroducing border controls along their previously open frontiers.