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Demanding Entrance To Schengen Area, Desperate Migrants Continue Hunger Strike At Serbia-Hungary Border

Tamás Székely 2016.07.28.

Around 90 migrants have been holding a hunger strike at the Serbia-Hungary border near Horgos for the fourth consecutive day, demanding that Hungary open its border to them, an MTI correspondent reported from the site. According to unconfirmed reports, another 100 migrants wanted to join the protest at the Subotica reception centre early on Wednesday, but police prevented it. Around ten police officers have been sent to the site to patrol nearby areas and maintain peace and order.

On Sunday, 130 of the 300-400 migrants who had set off from Belgrade to Serbia’s northern border late last week arrived at the HorgosRöszke border zone demanding passage through Hungary to western Europe. The migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, then told public news channel M1’s correspondent that they planned to start a hunger strike in protest of Hungary’s tightened border rules. One of them said they would protest at the border for 3-4 days but some members of the group later left for the nearby transit zone while several others joined. According to press reports, three members of the group were taken to hospital in Szabadka (Subotica) on Tuesday afternoon because they showed signs of distress.

Horgos, 2016. július 26. Éhségsztrájkot folytató migránsok a szerb-magyar határ közelében Horgosnál 2016. július 26-án. Két nappal korábban 130 migráns érkezett gyalog Belgrádból Horgosra, akik közül július 25-én mindössze negyvenen folytattak éhségsztrájkot a tranzitzóna közelében, hogy Magyarország megnyissa a határt elõttük. MTI Fotó: Balogh Zoltán

Around 90 migrants have been holding a hunger strike near Horgos for the fourth consecutive day

Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening, five Algerian and two Moroccan migrants escaped from a detention centre in Kiskunhalas, in southern Hungary, the prime minister’s chief security advisor said. György Bakondi told a press conference that police have caught three of the migrants and know the whereabouts of two others. The guards discovered that the migrants were gone while taking roll after having thwarted an escape attempt by another Algerian national, he said. He said Hungary’s new border regulations introduced at the beginning of the month have strengthened the protection of the country’s southern border and reduced the occupancy rates at refugee reception centres.

Kiskunhalas, 2016. július 27. Egy migráns az egyik épület tetején a Kiskunhalasi Menekültügyi Õrzött Befogadó Központ Szegedi úti telephelyén, ahol migránsok követelik a tábor megnyitását 2016. július 27-én. Két migráns felmászott a befogadóállomás egyik épületének tetejére, ahonnan le akartak ugrani, de már lehozták õket. Késõbb három arab azzal fenyegetõzött egy második emeleti ablakból, hogy kiugranak, ha nem teszik nyílttá a tábort. MTI Fotó: Donka Ferenc

A migrant walking on the top of the wall of the detention centre in Kiskunhalas

György Bakondi welcomed the help offered by Austria and the other three Visegrad countries of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland in patrolling Hungary’s southern border. The improved international cooperation in border protection has also made crackdowns on human smuggling rings more effective, he added.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: Zoltán Balogh and Ferenc Donka – MTI

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