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The UN shocked over clashes between Hungarian police and refugees
Hungarian police and refugees violently clashed after that asylum seekers tried to break the barriers of barbed wire they are forced in. The United Nations has harshly condemned the event.
After days of verbal disputes, tensions, and psychological pressures, physical violence has arrived. Hungarian police decided to use violence to placate refugees, which are forced in a camp protected by barbed wire as if they were prisoners, near the city of Horgos, along the border with Serbia.
Refugees tried to break the barriers to be free again and reach other European countries, particularly Germany, but the police fired tearing gas and hydrants, and coshed whoever tried to flee, parents with infants included.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, condemned the facts, saying he is “shocked” over the Hungarian police’s reaction and said the way asylum seekers were treated is “unacceptable”. They are people only culpable for seeking asylum to flee a country impossible to live in, Syria.
Hungary’s government defended security force’s actions, saying that 20 police officers were injured, whilst only at least two refugees needed medical attention after the clashes.
Over 200,000 people crossed Hungary’s borders in 2015, with the aim to enter European borders and the Schengen area, where borders’ controls have been abolished, expect rare cases. Since 15 September, Hungarian army started patrolling the border with Serbia, forcing migrants to divert their journey to Croatia, where over 5,000 people have already entered.
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