Hungarian police deny journalists were beaten

Hungarian police on Thursday denied that journalists were beaten and arrested yesterday during the unrest at the Horgos 2 border crossing with Serbia.

Source: Tanjug
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A police statement claims that Hungarian officers acted in line with "the laws and the situation" described as "an attack of aggressive persons (refugees) on the police in charge of guarding the state border of Hungary, that is, EU's external borders."

The Hungarian police also said journalists were not arrested, but added that "three persons, citizens of Australia, Slovakia, and Poland were processed based on the suspicion they crossed the border illegally." They were then released pending the outcome of the legal procedure.

The statement said that the police acted in line with the rules and "on several occasions officially warned journalists not to obstruct the police action."

Hungarian police officers on Wednesday assaulted a Serbian TV crew, as well as journalists from Poland and Sweden.

The OSCE reacted on Thursday by urging Hungary "not to threaten and obstruct journalists."

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