Hungary is seeking to ramp up repression against refugees fleeing war and attempting to cross into Europe after showering hundreds of them with tear gas at a detention center on Wednesday.
Police launched tear gas at around 200 refugees, who were refusing to be fingerprinted and tried to leave a detention center at Roszke near the Serbian border, AFP reported.
The Hungarian government has since announced it will deploy 2,000 “border hunters” to toughen repression tactics against refugees after a reported 2,500 people rushed over the border with Serbia on Tuesday.
Most of the people that have entered Hungary, including 500 children, are fleeing war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"We left because we were scared, we had fear, bombs, war, killing, death ... That's why we left Syria," one Syrian man heading for the Hungarian border told AFP.
"If I go to Europe, I think it's going to be better ... better than my life in Syria."
Refugees trying to get into Europe have been forced to overcome many physical barriers, including Hungary’s barbed wire border, to cross what has been considered the world’s deadliest border.
Hungary is further expected to militarize its control of migrants. A senior figure from President Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party said Wednesday that parliament could approve deploying troops at the border next week, AFP reported.
"Illegal migrants are becoming increasingly aggressive, we cannot tolerate what happened in Roszke, we cannot accept this aggression," said Szilard Nemeth, a senior party figure and deputy head of the National Security parliamentary committee.