Report: Refugees demonstrate, call hunger strike in Röszke

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Hundreds of refugees started demonstrating at Röszke transit area after they found out that, even those who entered the country legally and applied for asylum will probably be returned to Serbia quickly. The refugees declared a hunger strike, chanting “no food no water until open border”, Hungarian online daily index.hu reports.

Refugees along the border of Hungary at Röszke today. (MTI/Balázs Mohai)

When entering Hungary, refugees are given a statement in Hungarian saying that they ask the government not to declare Serbia as a safe country in their case, so they can be granted asylum here, the daily reported.

Apparently, refugees realized that most requests will be rejected, and they will be sent back to Serbia, as the Hungarian government has declared Serbia a safe country.

New border protection laws that go into effect allow for rapid decisions in these cases, which can mean that asylum seekers coming from Serbia can be sent back in a matter of hours.

The demonstration was started by about 50-70 refugees, and hundreds of them began to block the road going from Hungary to Serbia, not letting cars pass, index.hu reported. Then they declared a hunger strike. The police have not intervened yet, the daily reported.

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