Hungarian riot police fire tear gas at migrants

Hungarian riot police fire tear gas at migrants
# 17 September 2015 02:09 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Riot police fired water cannon and tear gas on Wednesday at migrants demanding to be let through Hungary's newly shut EU frontier, while refugees at other Balkan frontiers clambered through cornfields in search of new routes, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Hungary's decision this week to shut the European Union's external border with Serbia was the most forceful attempt yet by a European country to reduce the flow of refugees and economic migrants overwhelming the bloc.

The move has left thousands of migrants scattered across the Balkan peninsula seeking alternative ways to reach the EU, and Hungary's prime minister said his country planned to erect a fence along parts of its border with Croatia as well as on the frontier with Romania to stem the flow.

Helmeted Hungarian riot police backed by armored vehicles took up positions at the now-barricaded border crossing with Serbia, where male migrant youths pelted them with stones, demanding to be allowed through.

At least 20 policemen and two children were injured, a Hungarian security official said.

"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 soon 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 if my family. I hope we will be treated better in Croatia," he told Reuters.

Serbia later said it would send additional police to the border with Hungary and try to distance migrants from the border fence, and three Hungarian military Humvees mounted with guns stepped up security on the other side of the frontier.