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Jul 28, 2016

One hundred migrants on hunger strike at Hungarian border

Illegal immigrants are demanding that Hungary open its border to allow them passage, and a further 100 asylum seekers are planning to join the protests but police are blocking their path

Nearly 100 migrants are holding a hunger strike at the Hungarian-Serbian border for the fourth consecutive day, it has been revealed.

According to reports, the migrants are demanding that Hungary open its border to allow them passage, and a further 100 asylum seekers are planning to join the protests, but police are blocking their path.

Around ten additional police officers have been sent to the site this morning to regain and maintain peace and order.

The migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that their hunger strike is in protest of Hungary’s tightened border rules.

According to reports, three members of the group were taken to hospital in Szabadka on Tuesday afternoon because they showed signs of distress, just over 90 migrants are continuing the strike at the border today.

György Bakondi, chief security advisor to the prime minister, has said that Hungary's border protection system is fair, efficient and effective.

Bakondi also welcomed the recent help offered by Austria and the other three Visegrad (V4) countries of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland in patrolling Hungary’s southern border.

The improved international co-operation in border protection has also made crackdowns on human smuggling rings more effective, he added.