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Hungary: Refugees block buses to Roszke detainment camp01:39

Hungary: Refugees block buses to Roszke detainment camp

Hungary, Roszke
September 12, 2015 at 12:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of refugees blocked buses transporting people to the nearby processing centre and camp near the village of Roszke at the collection point close to the Hungarian/Serbian border, Friday.

The action was motivated by a group who did not want to go to the processing centre and were concerned that the people on the buses had not been given full information about the situation there. Many refugees crossing the border, Friday, heard stories about the conditions at the camp and were afraid that being processed in Hungary meant they may have to stay in the country.

The fifty or so men chanted, "Bus to Germany!", "No fingerprint!", "No camp", and "Merkel!" The police stood close by but did not intervene as the sit-in continued into the night.

The village of Roszke has been inundated with thousands of refugees and migrants over recent weeks, who have been crossing the border from Serbia on their journey to Western Europe. A temporary camp was established outside the village to manage the situation, housing hundreds of refugees each night.

The refugees, many of whom come from Syria, have been left stranded in Hungary after authorities cracked down on their onward passage to western Europe, closing train and bus stations and stepping up border patrols. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has blamed other European countries for the crisis, in particular Germany, which last month stated it would grant asylum seekers from Syria special status.

Hungary: Refugees block buses to Roszke detainment camp01:39
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Dozens of refugees blocked buses transporting people to the nearby processing centre and camp near the village of Roszke at the collection point close to the Hungarian/Serbian border, Friday.

The action was motivated by a group who did not want to go to the processing centre and were concerned that the people on the buses had not been given full information about the situation there. Many refugees crossing the border, Friday, heard stories about the conditions at the camp and were afraid that being processed in Hungary meant they may have to stay in the country.

The fifty or so men chanted, "Bus to Germany!", "No fingerprint!", "No camp", and "Merkel!" The police stood close by but did not intervene as the sit-in continued into the night.

The village of Roszke has been inundated with thousands of refugees and migrants over recent weeks, who have been crossing the border from Serbia on their journey to Western Europe. A temporary camp was established outside the village to manage the situation, housing hundreds of refugees each night.

The refugees, many of whom come from Syria, have been left stranded in Hungary after authorities cracked down on their onward passage to western Europe, closing train and bus stations and stepping up border patrols. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has blamed other European countries for the crisis, in particular Germany, which last month stated it would grant asylum seekers from Syria special status.

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