Hungarian police shoot at a truck carrying around thirty migrants

Hungarian agents at a border post with Serbia, in January 2020.MARKO DJURICA (Reuters)

The Hungarian police on Thursday fired at a truck in which some thirty migrants were traveling. The incident took place after the vehicle accelerated to cross a checkpoint on the Austrian border. The Austrian police detained its driver, of Egyptian origin, and the passengers, of still unknown nationalities, who were in the back of the truck.

This is a new incident related to migrants in Hungary, a member country of the European Union that has registered more than 2,000 irregular entries a week since the summer, according to figures from the Hungarian police.

A police patrol had alerted of a truck, with Hungarian registration, that was traveling at high speed through the town of Harka towards the border with Austria, in the province of Gyor-Moson-Sopron (northwest of the country). When border agents noticed the vehicle, an officer stepped in front, indicating that he should stop for control. The driver accelerated at that moment, forcing the policeman to jump out of the way.

Then, his partner fired to try to stop the truck, which ended up in an accident, according to the police in a statement on their website late on Thursday.

Last December, seven migrants died when the car in which they were traveling crashed into a house near the border with Serbia. The driver was arrested for illegal human trafficking. From January to July last year, the Hungarian authorities prevented more than 54,000 immigrants from crossing their borders illegally, according to data provided last August by Gyorgy Bakondi, security adviser to Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

In addition, during the same period, they prosecuted more than 500 accused of illegal human trafficking.

Despite the high influx of migrants and potential refugees to its borders, Hungary only registered 38 asylum applications in 2021 until mid-December, according to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). The country governed by Orban, from the conservative Fidesz party, has been criticized on numerous occasions for not guaranteeing the right to international protection, which prompted the European border agency, Frontex, to stop operating on Hungarian soil in February of the year. last.

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