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HORGOS, Serbia — Hungarian police officers moved against hundreds of migrants on Wednesday, attacking them with batons, water cannons and tear gas after they tried to surge through a border crossing that had been blocked for a second day.
The migrants tore down a razor-wire gate on the Serbian side of the border crossing, and were pushing through to a second gate on the Hungarian side when the riot police drove them back. Twenty people were injured, including two children who had been thrown across the fence into Hungary, and taken to a hospital, the authorities said.
But the migrants soon started fires and threw rocks toward the police officers, who then came at them with batons, beating their way through the crowd. The clash followed two days of frustration for the migrants, some of whom arrived here soon after Hungary imposed tough new laws on Tuesday to prevent their passage into the country, and enforced the laws with armed police officers at a reinforced border with Serbia.
It was the first major clash on the land route from Turkey since Aug. 21, when the Macedonian police used stun grenades to break up a group of migrants trying to cross the border into their country from Greece.

Already some of the migrants who had reached the crossing had given up and peeled off, heading for new routes through Croatia and other countries on their journey west, where they hope to apply for asylum in places like Germany and Sweden.
But about 2,000 remained behind, still hoping that Hungary would reconsider, as it had done once before, and let them pass to Austria, on buses or by train.
By late afternoon, the calm, almost-festive atmosphere at an informal encampment at the closed crossing point grew increasingly tense, and hundreds of migrants pressed the border.
“Open! Open! Open!” the migrants chanted. About 50 riot police officers formed a barrier. A vehicle armed with water cannons stood nearby. Military helicopters hovered overhead.

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The police fired tear gas. Many of the migrants gagged and poured water over their eyes to stop the sting, but the action drove them back.
Throngs of young men then set trash and wood on fire. Others hurled blocks of charred wood and stones at the fence, and at the police officers guarding it.
The police appeared to pull back, and suddenly the …Read More

Hungarian riot police fired tear gas today at refugees who broke through the new razor-wire fence at the border.The morning was quiet at the Roszke/Horgos crossing, but the action began at around 3 p.m. local time, when the police presence was increased from normal patrols to include police cars speeding near the border crossing with a few ambulances in tow, according to an ABC News reporter at the scene.A water cannon has also been activated and a police helicopter is hovering over the scene.The special TEK Hungarian paramilitary troops followed. The troops are outfitted with sidearms, helmets, face masks, all in black uniforms.Once situated, the troops moved in formation towards the Serbian side of the border.There are about 300 special Hungarian TEK paramilitary officials in the area near the Serbian border town of Horgos.Young men who appeared to be refugees were seen running in spurts away from the border, wiping their eyes, and some were seen pouring bottles of water on their eyes, as seen on a live video feed.The escalation comes as tensions reached a new high, with several European countries — including Hungary — enacting new restrictions barring most refugees entry.Get real-time updates as this story unfolds. To start, just “star” this story in ABC News’ phone app. Download ABC News for iPhone here or ABC News for Android here.This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at More

Up to 4,000 refugees and migrants flooded across the Hungarian border into Austria early Saturday, where many were greeted by charity workers offering beds, hot tea and welcome handshakes.
Austrian police told NBC News that they expected the number of migrants and refugees entering the country to reach around 10,000 by the end of the day.
Waiting Austrians held signs that read, “Refugees welcome.” Many of the arrivals collapsed on the floor, smiles on their faces.

“Austria is very good,” 23-year-old Iraqi Merhan Harshiri told Reuters. He smiled broadly as he walked toward the supply line, where newcomers munched apples and bananas. “We have been treated very well by Austrian police,” he added.

The breakthrough came after days of confrontation and chaos, with Hungary’s right-wing government deploying dozens of buses to take migrants from Budapest.
Those who wanted to continue towards the Austrian capital Vienna and then Germany, which has been seen as among the most welcoming countries to migrants, would be allowed to go, police said.
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For days, several thousand refugees and migrants camped outside Budapest’s main railway station, where trains to western Europe were canceled as the government insisted all those entering Hungary be registered and their asylum applications processed in the country as per European Union rules.
But on Friday, in separate, quick-fire developments, hundreds broke out of an overcrowded camp on Hungary’s border with Serbia, escaped from a stranded train, and took to the highway by foot led by a one-legged Syrian refugee and chanting “Germany, Germany!”

Refugees are seen at Vienna’s Westbound Railway Station after arriving in trains from the Hungarian border, in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday. ROLAND SCHLAGER / EPA
Austria said it had agreed with Germany that it would allow the migrants access,
waiving the rules of an asylum system brought to breaking point by Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.
The asylum seekers chiefly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan often have spent months in Turkish refugee camps, taken long journeys by boat, train and foot through Greece and the Balkans, then crawled under barbed wire on Hungary’s southern frontier to a frosty welcome.
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