Hungarian Police Use Tear Gas, Two Migrants Detained

  • 9 Sep 2015 3:00 AM
Hungarian Police Use Tear Gas, Two Migrants Detained
Police used tear gas against a group of migrants that refused to go to a collection point after entering Hungary, and two people were detained near Röszke in southern Hungary late on Tuesday, a local MTI correspondent reported. The group of around 150 migrants set off towards Highway 5 after entering Hungary from Serbia. Police used tear gas to prevent the migrants from joining another group of migrants that had left the collection point earlier in the evening.

Around 50 migrants, mostly families, eventually accepted the police’s request and got on buses that transported them to the collection point at Röszke.

Police had used interpreters to convince people that they need to register after arriving in Hungary. Many in the crowd were chanting “No camp” and “Budapest, Budapest”.

Highway 5 was closed off by around 100 police who formed a line.

Csongrád County police said in a statement that two rabble-rousers were lifted from the crowd and detained for disobeying police orders.

The statement added that tear gas had been used because the migrants were throwing plastic bottles at the police. An ambulance had to be called to someone who fell ill but this was not linked to the use of tear gas, police said.

Fidesz lawmaker Lajos Kósa, chairman of the defence and lawenforcement committee, told M1 public television news channel late on Tuesday the army’s main task would be to support police work as well as fulfilling humanitarian tasks.

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