Hundreds of migrants frustrated at being forced to wait in a holding area stage a breakout
They run across corn and sunflower fields, hoping to evade police
Some parents carried children on their shoulders, struggling to make their way across the rough ground near Roszke in Hungary.
As they ran across open corn and sunflower fields, police followed. But officers have not so far stopped any of the refugees.
The breakout happened suddenly and did not appear to be planned.
Earlier in the day, scuffles broke out as migrants forced to wait in the holding area expressed their frustration. Many cannot understand why, having reached the European Union, they are not receiving a warmer welcome.
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Some of the migrants — most of them from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan — also tussled with police on Monday. Police have been blocking a road from the holding site to a transit camp where they can register as refugees and continue their journeys.
Hungary has been at the forefront of Europe’s migrant crisis in recent days.
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Many of the refugees and migrants arriving there from Serbia — having been on the road for weeks in some cases — are afraid they will get stuck in Hungary and be unable to carry on their journey to their preferred destinations in Western Europe.
Some who have made it farther north have also complained of poor conditions in the holding areas and transit camps in Hungary.
Hungary’s government has said it is just trying to enforce EU rules on the movement of migrants without proper documentation.
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CNN’s Brent Swails contributed to this report.
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