Disturbing video shows refugees being fed 'like animals'
Small children frantically wave their arms. Adults whistle and shout, clamoring for a desperately needed meal.
Police officers behind hygiene masks toss them sandwiches as if they are feeding animals at the zoo.
Hungarian police are investigating footage of officers throwing bags of sandwiches to fenced-in migrants. The latest troubling indication of Hungary's treatment of people escaping war and depredation through its borders, the video reportedly came from a refugee camp maintained by the Eastern European nation's government in Röszke, near the Serbian border.
"It was inhumane and it really speaks for these people that they didn't fight over the food despite being clearly very hungry," Michaela Spritzendorfer-Ehrenhauser, an Austrian volunteer who secretly filmed the scene with a colleague, told Agence France-Presse.
But Zoltán Kovács, a spokesman for the Hungarian government, had defended the footage. "I can see policemen who have been performing their duties for months, trying to take care of 23,000 migrants arriving continuously day by day while there is no co-operation whatsoever on their part," Kovács wrote in an email obtained by The Telegraph.
Human Rights Watch called the conditions at the two detention centers in Röszke "abysmal" this week, citing overcrowding and a lack of food and medical care.
The United Nations has criticized the country's treatment of asylum seekers, as Hungary has ejected thousands of refugees from its borders. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán ordered construction of a four-meter-high fence along the Serbian border in June and enacted strict laws—coming into effect Sept. 15—that could see migrants jailed for crossing into the country.
Orbán told a German newspaper in an interview published Saturday that migrants—many of whom come from war-torn Syria and Afghanistan—should simply go back "where they came from."
Watch more footage from the scene below:
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