Budapest, September 16 (MTI) – An aggressive crowd of illegal migrants gathering on the Serbian side of the Hungarian border at the Röszke crossing station broke down the gate and attempted to cross into Hungary on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a statement on the national police’s website, the gate was immediately replaced by a multiple line formed by police, while the angry crowd threw stones and bottles at the officers.
The police used tear gas at the Horgos crossing point where a small group of migrants attempted to push through the border gate shouting “open up!” in the early afternoon.
The police also deployed water-cannons and helicopters in the area.
2015. September 16. 17:03
The crowd, gathering on the Serbian side and numbering several hundred people, forced open the gate and attempted to push through, and threw stones, bottles, and burning torches at the police officers. MTI’s on-site correspondent said that the migrants had “besieged” one of the crossing points at the facility.
The migrants set fire to rubber tyres, after which the area was covered in thick, black smoke. They also climbed on the roofs of small buildings and continued to throw objects at the police.
The police put into action a significant number of officers, including members of the counter-terrorism force. Police and army helicopters were patrolling the area.
MTI’s correspondent saw thousands of migrants, including women and children, setting up a camp along the road to the crossing point, and reported further groups of migrants approaching the Hungarian border.
The Serbian authorities have not intervened.
Meanwhile, groups of migrants including women and children left Horgos and set off in the direction of Croatia.