Hungarian police throws food at refugees, like at farm pigs

This 9 September 2015 video from Röszke prison camp for refugees in Hungary shows police throwing food at refugees.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Hungarian police throws food at refugees

Today, 09:53

The Hungarian authorities have been quite embarrassed by video clips from a refugee camp in Röszke on the border with Serbia. On these you can see how officers, some wearing face masks, in a chaotic situation throw buns into a crowd of refugees. “Like at cattle,” says Human Rights Watch.

The images were reportedly taken Wednesday by the wife of the Austrian politician Alexander Spritzendorfer. That happened on the day that the UN announced that the conditions for refugees in the region had deteriorated considerably.

Peter Bouckaert, director of Human Rights Watch, on Twitter fiercely criticized the Hungarian authorities. “Hungary has become a place of absolute humiliation for refugees. People are kept in cages and treated like animals.”

Another parallel to this is how Adolf Hitler’s nazi regime treated Soviet Union prisoners of war during World War II. According to nazi racial ‘science’, Soviet people were ‘subhumans’ to which the Geneva convention on prisoners of war did not apply. Nazi guards used to throw food over barbed wire fences to starving Soviet prisoners.

One difference with the present in Hungary may be that the World War II nazis threw rotting or similarly disease-causing food. As far as I know, the Hungarian government has not sunk completely to that level yet. However, the Hungarian Jobbik party are open admirers of Adolf Hitler. And the officially ‘center right’ Hungarian government does not mind cooperating with far right Jobbik sometimes.

Earlier this week Bouckaert had already tweeted critically: “People are being held there in the heat without food, water or medicine, we see everywhere children toppling because of tiredness. The detention camps are still far worse inside than what the outside world gets to see … That is why the Hungarian government does not admit the media there anywhere. It is unacceptable that this is happening on the threshold of Europe.”

Hungarian neo-nazi kicks refugee children

This video says about itself:

8 September 2015

A Hungarian video journalist working for N1TV was caught tripping over and tackling refugees as they tried to run away from police near the refugee camp in Roszke, Tuesday.

A video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

8 September 2015

A camera operator for a Hungarian nationalist television channel closely linked to the country’s far-right Jobbik party has been filmed kicking two refugee children and tripping over a male adult at the border hotspot of Rőszke on Tuesday.

Petra László of N1TV was filming a group of refugees running away from police officers, when a man carrying a child in his arms ran in front of her. László stuck her leg out in front of the man, causing him to fall on the child he was carrying. He turned back and remonstrated at László, who continued filming.

A 20-second video of the scene was posted on Twitter by Stephan Richter, a reporter for the German television channel RTL and soon went viral, leading to the creation of a Facebook group “The Petra László Wall of Shame”.

Hungary’s leading news website Index had also caught László kicking a young girl and boy. …

As well as speeches made by the Jobbik leader Gábor Vona, the channel’s website also contains articles with such headlines as “migrants have swarmed all over the shops” and “Guantanamo = Hungary?”

Hundreds of angry comments appeared on the Facebook group set up to condemn László’s actions on Tuesday evening.

‘How can I forgive her?’ Syrian refugee hits back at the Hungarian camerawoman who tripped him as he carried his terrified son to safety in the West: here.

Vile: Petra Laszlo was caught on camera kicking a young refugee girl as she fled with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke

Refugees walk from Budapest to Austria

This 6 September 2015 video from Hungary shows refugees walking to Austria from Budapest chanting “We want buses”.

Refugee crisis: Turkish police officer who found Aylan Kurdi‘s body describes ‘terrible loss’: here.

Benjamin Netanyahu rejects calls for Israel to take more refugees – and pledges to build a fence instead: here.

An open letter to anyone who ever talked down the refugee crisis: here.

Germans welcome refugees from NATO’s wars

This video says about itself:

Germany: welcome party for refugees, after far-right violence

28 August 2015

Several dozens anti-fascist militants gathered near the refugee center of Heidenau, Germany, which had been the target of anti-migrant violence a few days ago, to distribute clothes and drinks.

From weekly The Observer in Britain:

Cheering German crowds greet refugees after long trek from Budapest to Munich

As Europe’s politicians continue to bicker, desperate travellers are welcomed and fed as they arrive at German city

Emma Graham-Harrison in Budapest and Munich, Patrick Kingsley in Nickelsdorf, Rosie Waites in Vienna and Tracy McVeigh in London

Saturday 5 September 2015 20.05 BST

In pouring rain, they crossed the last few metres into Austria in the early hours of Saturday morning. The waiting Austrian police in their heavy waterproofs were taken aback by the refusal of the Hungarian bus drivers to take their passengers the last two kilometres over the border and on to the Nickelsdorf train station where they were expected, and where a Vienna-bound train was waiting.

Instead, the officers had to guide the way with torches, helpless to offer shelter to the tired clusters of men, women and children coming through the puddles at the side of the motorway in the darkness.

From 3am until early afternoon, some 120 blue buses had been and gone, disgorging an estimated 4,000 refugees. Some residents of the small border town of Nickelsdorf were at their windows, others out on the streets with blankets and umbrellas, offering hot drinks.

A Red Cross tent offered respite from the rain, with medics and volunteers working shifts while people waited for their turn to board special half-hourly bus and train services, laid on by the Austrian Federal Railway, to Vienna and Salzburg, and from there to Munich.

“We have treated a two-day-old gunshot wound. We’ve seen eye injuries caused by stun grenades. We’ve seen children with severe bruises,” Red Cross spokesman Andreas Zenker said.

Several people were sent on to nearby hospitals, but Zenker said that most were “gritting their teeth” to continue their journey, despite some walking for almost eight hours through the night. …

Around the same time, Hungary unexpectedly decided to provide buses for those who had simply walked out of Budapest on foot, heading for the Austrian border, after being prevented for several days from catching trains out of the capital. Some had been taken to a refugee camp.

In what the Hungarian media called a “day of uprisings”, 350 people had broken through a police cordon on Friday and begun heading to Austria, 85 miles (137km) away, on tracks leading away from the railway station. By late afternoon on Friday, a day after Orbán had warned of a “Muslim threat” to a Christian culture, up to 2,000 people – most from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – were walking towards the border in chaotic scenes.

The sudden appearance of blue public buses was a staggering about-turn – and an unexpected rejection of the Dublin regulation, which says refugees seeking asylum should have their application assessed in the first EU country they enter, and which Hungary had insisted on upholding. The country is already under fire for its plans to close and wire-fence its borders, saying it will effectively seal the frontier to migrants as of next week, in the face of EU Schengen rules. …

The buses triggered alarm. Many refugees distrusted the Hungarian authorities after some of those camped at Budapest railway station had earlier boarded buses that they were told were heading for the Austrian border, only to end up in a refugee camp in Hungary. Many feared a similar ploy this time. “Who’s organising it, the Hungarians?” asked Ali, a Syrian on the march, after seeing the buses were coming. “Forget it, I’m walking.”

But by the time the last buses arrived at 4.45am, almost everyone was too sodden and tired to worry about politicians’ motives. They squeezed on to the buses, standing in the aisles, sitting on the steps crushed against the doors. Within minutes, most were asleep. In Budapest, a handful of those who remained were reluctant to be processed in Germany because they wanted to join family members elsewhere. “I’m going to London on my own, my brother lives there and you can get a good job,” said Khan Mohammad, who comes from northern Baghlan province [in Afghanistan]. Others had simply missed the convoy to the border. …

By Saturday afternoon, officials in Vienna had to ask people to stay away from the station, which was heavily overcrowded with well-wishers bearing donations.

Hundreds of Austrian rail workers pledged to work overtime for free, to drive special refugee trains. Their boss, Christian Kern, called the situation “a huge challenge, a state of emergency”. He said the refugees’ train tickets would not be checked but that the goal was to take them as quickly as possible to their desired destination.

Some Austrians have been driving to the border in private cars and buses with the aim of giving refugees a lift to Vienna, but have been warned by the police not to cross into Hungary as they could be prosecuted there for people-smuggling. …

Stories such as the discovery of 71 decomposing bodies in a truck near Nickelsdorf last month and the tragedy of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body was washed up on the Turkish coast on Wednesday along with his five-year-old brother and his mother, have horrified people all over the world. An even younger victim of the crisis emerged on Saturday night when a newborn boy was found dead after his parents reached the shores of a Greek island in a boat from Turkey. The baby boy was taken from the island of Agathonisi to a hospital on the nearby island of Samos, where he was pronounced dead, the Greek coastguard service said. …

On Saturday night at Munich’s main station, dozens of Germans lined up behind police barriers to clap, cheer and distribute sweets to welcome refugees to their new home. A sophisticated official operation provided food and transport to temporary lodging.

“We just wanted them to know that the torture is over,” said Hedy Gupta, a grandmother handing out slabs of chocolate amid welcoming cheers. “I have children and a five-year-old grandchild and when I think what they have been through, these children, it leaves me on the ground.”

Beside her on the barricades of welcome was Waltraud Volger, a legal assistant who lives nearby: “I heard about it on the radio around 1pm today and just gathered what food and clothes I had and came over to donate it and offer to help,” she said. “They have so many volunteers that they haven’t needed me, so I’m just standing here welcoming them with clapping. I’ve never done anything like this before, but when you hear their stories and see the pictures, you can’t just stand by.”

After four hours, she had no plans to leave while the trains were still rolling in.

Elation as refugees are received with open arms in Austria and Germany. After the long march, uncertainty and soaking rain, weary travellers put Hungary nightmare behind them and look to future: here.

Refugee crisis: Following the tragic journey of Aylan Kurdi’s family from Syria to Kos: here.

In the week that the image of a three-year-old boy washed up on a beach shocked Europe about its refugee crisis, the British National Party (yes, they still exist, apparently) decided to hold an anti-immigration rally in Croydon, south London. According to observers, journalists and lots of photographic evidence, they had a “hearteningly crap turnout” outside the Lunar House building on Saturday: here.

Hungarian people cry about anti-refugee cruelty of their government

This video from Hungary says about itself:

3 September 2015

Refugee couple throw themselves on train track cradling tiny baby after hearing they are going to migrant camp

In a terrifying show of desperation this refugee couple cradle their tiny baby, after throwing themselves on train tracks as police try to take them to migrant camps in Hungary.

The heartbreaking footage shows a man and his wife laying on the tracks with their baby held between them as police officers attempt to drag them away.

In distressing scenes officers carrying batons and wearing full riot gear grab the arm of the mother as she struggles to hold on to her baby.

Hungarian policemen stand by the family of migrants protesting on the tracks at the railway station in the town of Bicske

Couple throw themselves on tracks after being forced off train

Several other officers are seen subduing her husband by violently pushing his head to the ground.

ITV reporter James Mates, who witnessed the incident, reported refugees on board the trains leaving Budapest’s Keleti station believed they were going to Austria.

Yesterday evening, Dutch NOS TV interviewed Dutch Brian Lens, a student in Budapest.

He was very disturbed by police violence against refugees near the railway station.

On the other hand, Hungarian people try to help the refugees with food and blankets. ‘Several Budapest people cried as they passed the refugees’.

Meanwhile, after many refugees managed to escape from prison camps and started walking to Austria, the Hungarian government has given in. Refugees can now travel by bus to the Austrian border.

Hungarian government against refugees

This video says about itself:


15 August 2011

Civil Guard Association for a Better Future” (Hungarian: Szebb Jövőért Polgárőr Egyesület) is a Hungarian militant organisation, sponsored by Jobbik, involved in anti-Roma activities in areas such as the town of Gyöngyöspata in early 2011, where they have been accused of intimidating the Roma population with weapons and dogs.

By Markus Salzmann:

Hungarian government takes action against refugees

25 July 2015

The government of Prime Minister Victor Orban is taking drastic action against refugees in Hungary. In doing so, the government enjoys the support of the European Union and is working hand in hand with ultra-right forces in the country.

Hungary has begun the construction of a fence along its border with Serbia aimed at restricting the flow of refugees into the country. The first 150-meter long section was built near the town of Mórahalom, around 180 kilometers south of Budapest, according to the interior and defense ministries. Construction is to be completed by the end of November. The fence will be 175 kilometers long and 4 meters tall. The construction sites are protected in large part by military forces.

The cost amounts to roughly 6.5 billion Forint (21 million euros). That is approximately ten times as much as Hungary’s current annual expenditures for asylum procedures, refugee housing and border security. Just 2,700 refugees are actually awaiting the outcome of asylum investigations in Hungary. Each year less than 500 are admitted.

According to government figures, currently around 1,000 people cross the Serbian border into Hungary each day. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 80,000 refugees have managed to enter the country this way. Most originate from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Kosovo. They are fleeing from the catastrophic conditions created by the war policies of the United States and European powers.

Human rights organizations criticize the planned fence as part of a “propaganda campaign of the government against immigrants.” But hardly any other European government has spoken out against the plans. On the contrary, Hungary’s interior minister Sándor Pintér has confirmed that Hungary’s rigid policies are entirely in line with those of the European Union. He stressed that no protest had been issued from Brussels against the fence.

The inhumane treatment of refugees is not limited to Hungary. Other EU members proceed with similar ruthlessness. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung last week, German interior minister Thomas de Maizière said it was “absolutely understandable” if people in Germany have “critical questions” about asylum seekers from Kosovo and Albania. That 40 percent of asylum applicants should come from these Balkan states is “a disgrace for Europe and unacceptable,” he said.

The Orban government not only wants to refuse refugees at the border, it also wants to expel them from the cities. A spokesperson for the interior ministry announced that in the future they no longer wanted to have refugees in populated areas. As Orban’s chief of staff János Lázár explained, tent camps should be provided as temporary shelters for them instead. In this way, the local population would “not be disturbed by the crowds of refugees.” One such camp is to be built on the Serbian border.

Orban ranted that asylum seekers are all “economic refugees.” They are “foreign” and would like “to destroy Christian Europe.” Refugees are to be criminalized. It will soon be allowed to lock them up longer than 48 hours.

Orban’s government collaborates closely with fascistic forces. At the beginning of July, neo-Nazis with connections to the ultra-nationalist Jobbik party launched a provocation against refugees and their Hungarian aides at a train station in the border town of Szeged. The police did not intervene to stop them.

The right-wing extremist demonstration against “overrunning hordes from Africa” at the East Train Station was accompanied by the announcement of police measures against refugees. The former Jobbik representative György Gyula Zagyva announced at the demonstration “an array of actions on the border and in refugee camps.” The neo-fascist Jobbik has numerous members in police and intelligence agency circles.

With the building of the border fence and the intensification of the attacks on refugees, the government has adopted the policies of the ultra right. Laszlo Toroczkai, mayor of Asotthalom, a town near Szeged, ordered the building of the border fence a year ago. “I am happy that the government has taken up my idea,” he now says.

Toroczkai had founded the right wing extremist group “64 Burgkomitate” in 2001. This fascistic group advocates the restoration of the pre-World War I borders of Greater Hungary. Toroczkai himself took part in attacks by right wing bands on a Hungarian television station in 2006 and was prohibited from entering three neighboring countries because of his provocative behavior. In 2013, he was elected mayor of a small community near Szeged. He openly advocates threatening and expelling refugees.

In Asotthalom as in other areas of Hungary, fascist militias and the regular police collaborate closely. About 20 militias have been partially armed and sent out in pursuit of refugees. Toroczkai proudly told the press that a vigilante group “surrounded” a group of about 100 refugees spending the night in a park in front of the mayor’s office and watched them “until the police took them away. The collaboration works well.”

The Schweizer Tagesanzeiger reported how the police deal with refugees in Hungary. They bring refugees “into the former prison Nagyfa near Szeged, where they are investigated and registered and receive a provisional identification document.” Then they are released at the Szeged Train Station and have to find their own way to one of the three refugee camps. “Whoever does not succeed at this within two days loses his residence permit. Not all of them travel further into Western Europe. Many are stranded in public squares in front of train stations or under bridges in cities like Szeged or Budapest. This also includes families with small children,” said the newspaper report.

Last week, an immigrant died while fleeing from the police. According to eyewitnesses, the man was staying at a gas station with other refugees. When a police car stopped to take him into custody, he fled onto the highway where he was hit by a truck. His family, including his children, were witness to this scene.