Refugees Battle Border Police in Hungary
HUNGARIAN-SERBIAN BORDER (CNN)–
Hungarian riot police used tear gas and water cannons on migrants at the country’s border with Serbia on Wednesday after a group broke through a barrier in an attempt to enter the European Union.
Crowds of desperate migrants, most fleeing violence in the Middle East, were left stranded in Serbia after Hungary sealed the final hole in the border between the two countries Tuesday, closing a popular migration route to Western Europe.
Earlier Wednesday, huddled next to the razor-wire fence blocking Hungary from Serbia, battle-worn migrants had begged for sympathy.
“Open the door!” they chanted, many having traveled thousands of miles carrying all the belongings they had.
A young Iraqi man from Karbala in a soccer jersey waited next to the fence with no intention to move.
“We’ll wait here for six years if we have to,” he said. “We have nothing left to lose.”
A Syrian refugee from Aleppo said he couldn’t understand why Hungary wouldn’t let them through.
“We want to pass to Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark,” the man said, his words aimed at the Hungarian Prime Minister. “No one wants to stay in your country.”