Migrants Breach Hungarian-Serbian Fence

Europe’s migrant crisis took another ugly turn Wednesday when Hungarian riot police used tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons to beat back hundreds of people massed at the border with Serbia after some broke through a gate. Children cried as they fled from the acrid smoke, and several people fainted in the chaos.

With the route through Hungary apparently closed, some migrants set out on a longer, more arduous route into Western Europe through Croatia.

Frustrated migrants — many of them war refugees from Syria and Iraq — who were blocked on the Serbian side of the border threw plastic water bottles and rocks at helmeted riot police and chanted demands that the now-sealed border be re-opened.

  • Martin B

    Throwing rocks, chanting demands, gosh what charming and gracious people.

    • tom_billesley

      The BBC is applying a typical spin, saying some men threw stones and bottles back at the police. Back? The police hadn’t thrown anything.

      • mobuyus

        A cbc or ctv reporter said police were patrolling with attack dogs, they looked an awful lot like police dogs to me.

  • tom_billesley

    Hungary has a correct understanding of the problem that it faces.
    The officers with shields and helmets are identifiable by insignia as with TEK (Terrorelhárítási Központ). They’re not riot police as the media report, but from the Counter Terrorism Centre.

    • AmicusC

      the understand the problem but the solution requires more than water and tear gas.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Here is my musical salute to Hungarians defending their border.


  • Did the Hungarian police tear down the fences?