Refugee news update

An injured refugee carries a child during clashes with Hungarian riot police at the border crossing with Serbia in Roszke. Photo by Reuters

This photo shows an injured refugee carrying a child during clashes with Hungarian riot police at the border crossing with Serbia in Roszke.

The US journalist Richard Engel ran to the aid of a pregnant woman who collapsed in front of him as he reported on the refugee crisis at the Hungarian border. … Engel then supported her head to keep her breathing and joined aid workers who rushed her off to a makeshift tent for treatment, which was then attacked with tear gas: here.

Refugees seeking new route to safety in Europe could be forced through Croatia minefields: here.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Refugees in Croatia: Hundreds break through police lines after ‘horrendous’ crush at border

‘Everywhere you look children are crying, women are crying’

Adam Withnall

Thursday 17 September 2015

Hundreds of refugees have forced their way through a barricade into Croatia after a desperate standoff with border police.

Just a few dozen police officers had held back an estimated 2,000 refugees in blazing heat at the border town of Tovarnik on Thursday, letting in only handfuls to board buses and trains onwards.

TV news crews reported an increasingly desperate situation, with children pushed to the front of the crowd being crushed against a low metal barricade.

Sky News Stuart Ramsay reported live: “They are getting crushed, it’s a pretty horrendous scene actually now.

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“A very little girl is crying her eyes out being passed over the fence to a riot police officer, and he’s passing her down to her mother.

“Everywhere you look children are crying, women are crying, men are crying, they are all finding this very emotional.”

Moments later, reports came through that the police line had been breached and people were rushing through to heat into Croatia on foot.

People trampled and fell over each other in their rush to get through, according to the Associated Press. A photographer described seeing a man collapse on the ground and dozens injured in the melee.

“This is exactly what Croatia did not want to happen,” Ramsay said. “They just can’t cope, they simply cannot cope with this.”

Croatia has become the new route of choice for refugees desperate to reach the welcome offered to them in western Europe, after Hungary closed its borders and began prosecuting anyone who entered the country “illegally”.

But there remains a great deal of uncertainty surrounding what will happen to refugees inside Croatia itself.

The Croatian government has officially said that any who enter the country must apply for asylum there or be considered illegal immigrants.

But Croatia’s own Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic, has said it would allow refugees to continue onwards.

“Croatia is entirely ready to receive or direct those people where they want to go, which is obviously Germany or Scandinavian countries,” he said.

Germany’s economy will grow faster because of the million refugees it is helping, study finds. Research published today suggests a 0.6 per cent GDP boost by 2020 and lower inflation: here.

The [British] government has quietly cut money to house and educate orphan child refugees living here.

Demonstrators against arms trade fair in London, England

This photo shows demonstrators against the arms trade fair DSEI in London, England. The second sign from the left points out that, apart from weapons, and torture gear, at the DSEI fair also tear gas is sold, including to the Hungarian government.

21 thoughts on “Refugee news update

  1. Oh no!!! Why are they doing this to their brothers and sisters. Don’t they see what they are going through? That they only want to start a life somewhere? That they did not come for fun? That they are in need? That si heartbreaking!!!

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  2. Friday, 18 September 2015

    Ban condemns assault on refugees, while Cameron gets ready to bomb Syria!

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he is ‘shocked’ after Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannon to force refugees – men, women, children and babies – back from its border.

    Ban said such treatment of asylum seekers was ‘unacceptable’. Hundreds of refugees were involved in clashes at the Hungary-Serbia border on Wednesday, trying to fight their way through a razor-wire fence.

    Hungary closed its entire border with Serbia on Tuesday after making it illegal to enter the country or damage the border fence. The country’s courts have even started fast-track trials of arrested refugees! Hungary defended its action. A spokesman accused the migrants of being like terrorists, using children as ‘human shields’.

    With Hungary’s border now firmly shut, more and more refugees are getting onto buses or marching towards Croatia. So many are now arriving there that a special train service was also started late on Wednesday night.

    However, Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic yesterday told national TV that the police were currently in control of the situation but if refugees continued to arrive in large numbers the authorities would have to think about taking a different approach, i.e. adopt Hungarian measures!

    Slovenia’s prime minister has announced he’s tightening all its borders until there’s a common European solution to this crisis. He will be waiting in vain for a long time. Bulgaria is sending extra troops to its border with Turkey in case of a further influx of refugees, its defence minister says.

    Refugee Amir Hassan, from Iraq, summed up the feelings of hundreds of thousands of people when he commented, ‘We fled wars and violence and did not expect such brutality and inhumane treatment in Europe.’ Capitalism and imperialism have created a massive crisis that they are completely incapable of resolving and it can only deepen!

    The ‘refugee crisis’ is only a part of the worldwide economic and political crisis that capitalism and imperialism have created. The current crisis began in the 1990s when the US and UK resolved that they were going to starve Iraq into submission, to steal its oil, and imposed massive sanctions creating a situation where hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children died from lack of food and medicines.

    The then-US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, was undaunted by the slaughter of the children, and said that the deaths of Iraqi children were a price worth paying to bring down the regime of Saddam Hussein. However, this was not done till 2003 when over 100,000 Iraqis were murdered in the US-UK invasion, based on the lie that Iraq had wmds and was desperate to use them.

    This invasion destroyed Iraq, created millions of refugees and also the basis for both Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq. The US-UK axis then intervened in Libya in 2011, organised Islamists to overthrow and murder Colonel Gadaffi and smashed up a modern oil-rich country which now has three competing governments and daily dispatches masses of refugees to their deaths in the Med.

    The imperialists were elated with their Libyan success, and resolved to transport Islamist militias to Syria to do the same there. Syria has proven to be a tougher nut to crack. Nevertheless, the country has been destroyed and millions of its people are now refugees and flocking towards Europe. Cameron and Obama’s ‘solution’ to this crisis is to turn the refugees away, and to invade and bomb Syria, to remove Assad, killing even more people and creating many more refugees in the process.

    There is only one force that can resolve the refugee crisis and the crisis of imperialism.

    This is the working class of the world in alliance with the peoples of the oppressed nations.


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