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Hundreds Of Migrants Demand “Freedom” In Protest At Hungarian Refugee Camp

Ferenc Sullivan 2016.06.02.

Hundreds of migrants held at a reception centre in Kiskunhalas, southern Hungary, are mounting discontent for the second day today in protest against slow procedures and being denied free movement.

According to local news portal, a large group of migrants are heard chanting “freedom” within the refugee camp’s fence, interrupted by speeches. No acts of violence have occurred to date but a large number of police officers are present at the site, it has been reported.

Around 300 out of the total of 484 migrants held at the closed refugee reception centre joined the protest, according to information disclosed by Bács-Kiskun country’s police directorate. Police arrived at the scene in large numbers after reports suggesting that a group of migrants held in the centre began a protest on Wednesday afternoon.

Migrants are “fundamentally” demanding their relocation to open camps and the acceleration of asylum procedures, György Bakondi, the Prime Minister’s national security chief, said. By 6 p. m. yesterday, events were taken under control by law enforcement officers and the migrants returned to their dwellings, but the protest erupted again before noon on Thursday.

The reception centre at Kiskunhalas has been no stranger to violence; a Tuesday atrocity saw an Afghan national biting off part of the ear of a fellow migrant in a brawl.

photo: Sándor Ujvári/MTI