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Hungary: Riot police use tear gas as refugees attempt to break out of detention camp01:28

Hungary: Riot police use tear gas as refugees attempt to break out of detention camp

Hungary, Roszke Camp
September 4, 2015 at 13:43 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hungarian police sprayed tear gas on migrants and refugees imprisoned in the Roszke camp in Asotthalom on the Serbian border, after some of them tried to break out of the facilities on Friday.

Riot police were deployed to the camp and used force against the refugees after they attempted to escape. The police also threatened journalists on the ground, pushing them backwards in order to stop them from getting a closer view of proceedings.

Hungarian authorities have taken radical measures in early September to deal with the unprecedented people crossing their borders, many without documentation. Firstly, they closed the main station with trains leading to Austria, Germany and other European destinations. This led to a temporary encampment being set up, with around 3,000 refugees around Keleti station. When the station re-opened, many boarded trains that were destined for processing and detention camps, not other countries as they thought. Thousands have protested against the authorities.

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has taken a strong line on the crisis, blaming Europe and Germany in particular for "misleading" people by encouraging the impression that Europe can accommodate their needs and wants. Orban further contended that the people coming over the border are refugees, claiming instead that they are posing as refugees in order to get into the EU. He argued, therefore, that European leaders need to discourage routes of migration into Europe. As of Friday, Hungary has closed the border with Serbia and made it an offence to cross the border without documentation, punishable with three years in prison. Furthermore, the country has set up "transfer zones" to process those within the country, seeking to deport those it judges to not be "genuine" refugees.

Hungary: Riot police use tear gas as refugees attempt to break out of detention camp01:28
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Hungarian police sprayed tear gas on migrants and refugees imprisoned in the Roszke camp in Asotthalom on the Serbian border, after some of them tried to break out of the facilities on Friday.

Riot police were deployed to the camp and used force against the refugees after they attempted to escape. The police also threatened journalists on the ground, pushing them backwards in order to stop them from getting a closer view of proceedings.

Hungarian authorities have taken radical measures in early September to deal with the unprecedented people crossing their borders, many without documentation. Firstly, they closed the main station with trains leading to Austria, Germany and other European destinations. This led to a temporary encampment being set up, with around 3,000 refugees around Keleti station. When the station re-opened, many boarded trains that were destined for processing and detention camps, not other countries as they thought. Thousands have protested against the authorities.

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has taken a strong line on the crisis, blaming Europe and Germany in particular for "misleading" people by encouraging the impression that Europe can accommodate their needs and wants. Orban further contended that the people coming over the border are refugees, claiming instead that they are posing as refugees in order to get into the EU. He argued, therefore, that European leaders need to discourage routes of migration into Europe. As of Friday, Hungary has closed the border with Serbia and made it an offence to cross the border without documentation, punishable with three years in prison. Furthermore, the country has set up "transfer zones" to process those within the country, seeking to deport those it judges to not be "genuine" refugees.

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