Budapest, September 17 (MTI) – Order has been restored at the Roszke border crossing with Serbia after clashes between aggressive migrants and Hungarian police, the government spokesman said at the site on Wednesday evening.
There, a group of migrants on the Serbian side damaged the border fence and gate and attacked Hungarian police units protecting the border, Zoltan Kovacs told reporters.
The incident, in which even children were used as human shields, was not about peaceful migrants, but about something “rather serious” threatening Hungary, he said.
The Hungarian authorities only received help from the Serbian police after several hours in the evening, a delay which would require an explanation, the spokesman said.
Gyorgy Bakondi, the prime minister’s chief domestic security advisor, said that Hungarian police had dispatched an appropriate number of riot police and counter-terrorism force staff to counter the attack.
The Hungarian authorities detained 29 perpetrators who forcefully entered Hungarian territory, one of whom was a listed terrorist, he said.