Date
20 October 2017
An injured migrant carries a child during clashes with Hungarian riot police at the border crossing with Serbia. Police arrested 29 people including a suspected terrorist. Photo: Reuters
An injured migrant carries a child during clashes with Hungarian riot police at the border crossing with Serbia. Police arrested 29 people including a suspected terrorist. Photo: Reuters

Hungary says it arrested a terrorist in clashes with migrants

Clashes have erupted between Hungarian riot police and migrants demanding to be let through the country’s newly shut border.

Police detained 29 people including a man they described as a terrorist, Reuters reports.

Hungary’s decision this week to shut the EU’s external border with Serbia was the most forceful attempt yet by a European country to reduce the flood of refugees and economic migrants that has been overwhelming the bloc.

Thousands of migrants scattered across the Balkan peninsula tried to reach the EU, prompting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbany to tighten the border with Croatia and Romania.

Helmeted riot police backed by armored vehicles took up positions at the barricaded border crossing with Serbia, where male migrant youths pelted them with stones, demanding entry.

Hungary said it detained a “terrorist” among 29 migrants held during the clashes.

At least 20 policemen and two children were injured, a Hungarian security official said.

“Police captured an identified terrorist,” Gyorgy Bakondi, a security adviser to the Hungarian leader told state television M1.

A government spokesman said the man was “in the database of security services”.

“It is getting very ugly there,” said Ahmad, 58, a shopkeeper from Baghdad who went to the official border crossing at Sid in Serbia but realized he may have a better chance of entering the EU via Serbia’s border with Croatia.

“As soon as we heard about a route to Croatia we did not wait long. I want to go to Sweden to meet the rest of my family. I hope we will be treated better in Croatia,” he told Reuters.

Serbia’s prime minister accused Hungary of “brutal” and “non-European” behavior and urged the EU to respond.

“I call on the European Union to react, for its members to behave in line with European values,” Aleksandar Vucic told Serbian state television during a visit to the United States.

“If the EU does not react, we will find a way to protect our borders and European values as well,” he said.

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