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Police and migrants clash amid Hungary refugee crackdown

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 01:55

Police in Hungary use teargas on migrants after Budapest announces plans to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police and possibly the army. Mana Rabiee reports.

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A migrant camp along Hungary's border with Serbia.... it's the latest flashpoint in Europe's refugee crisis. Police used teargas to disperse the migrants, who were chanting "U.N." and "help us". This -- after Hungary made plans to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police and dogs -- and is considering using the ARMY to confront the scores of migrants trekking through its borders into Europe. Police say a record 2,500 migrants were caught entering Hungary from Serbia on Tuesday. Another 1,300 were detained by just 9:30 the next morning. More will have passed unnoticed. They're walking through gaps in an unfinished barrier that Hungary is building along its border with Serbia to stem the record influx. Critics of the barrier say most of migrants crossing Hungary hope to reach more prosperous European countries and don't intend to linger here. A great many of them are Syrians escaping their civil war ... men like Yasan, who says he doesn't intend to live a "lazy" life when he reaches HIS final destination. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN REFUGEE, YASAN, SAYING: "They didn't need lazy people - they eat and only this - the Syrian people not like those. I have a degree in accounting. My brother studied geology. And I want to complete, I want to build my future there. In Syria we don't have future." The journey into Hungary was difficult enough .. but the NEXT stage of their crossing may be harder still. Many of the more than 100,000 migrants to enter Hungary this year hope to make it to GERMANY. But refugee shelters there have been attacked almost DAILY and politicians are warning of a rise in xenophobia. Europe is still groping for answers to what's become its worst refugee crisis since World War Two.

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Police and migrants clash amid Hungary refugee crackdown

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 01:55