The Levant News — While trying to figure out new ways to enter Hungary on Tuesday, migrants faced a beat down as Hungary riot control police caged 29 people along with a terrorist and lobed tear gas shells and water cannons on the migrants. The clashes between migrants and police started soon after Hungary shut down their main route to enter the country.
Hungary’s decision this week to shut the EU’s external border with Serbia was the most forceful attempt yet by a European country to reduce the flood of refugees and economic migrants overwhelming the bloc.
As thousands of migrants scattered across the Balkan peninsula tried to reach the EU, Hungary’s prime minister said his country planned to put up a fence along parts of its border with Croatia and on the frontier with Romania to stem the flow.
Helmeted riot police backed by armored vehicles took up positions at the barricaded border crossing with Serbia, where male migrant youths pelted them with stones, demanding entry.
Hungary said it detained a “terrorist” among 29 migrants held during the clashes. At least 20 policemen and two children were injured, a Hungarian security official said.
“Police also captured an identified terrorist,” Gyorgy Bakondi, a security adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, told state television M1. A government spokesman said the man was “in the database of security services”.
“It is getting very ugly there,” said Ahmad, 58, a shopkeeper from Baghdad who went to the official border crossing at Sid in Serbia but realized he may have a better chance of entering the EU via Serbia’s border with Croatia.
“As soon as we heard about a route to Croatia we did not wait long. I want to go to Sweden to meet the rest of my family. I hope we will be treated better in Croatia,” he told Reuters.
Serbia’s prime minister accused Hungary of “brutal” and “non-European” behavior and urged the EU to respond.
“I call on the European Union to react, for its members to behave in line with European values,” Aleksandar Vucic told Serbian state television during a visit to the United States.
“If the EU does not react, we will find a way to protect our borders and European values as well,” he said.
Serbia said it would send extra police to the border and try to distance migrants from the fence, as three Hungarian military Humvees mounted with guns stepped up security on the other side.