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Video shows Hungarian police feeding refugees ‘like animals’

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Disturbing footage emerged Friday of the way migrants are being treated inside Hungary's main refugee camp on the border with Serbia, with images showing families fed "like animals in a pen".


The video, shot secretly by an Austrian volunteer who visited the flashpoint Roszke camp on Wednesday, shows some 150 people wildly scrambling for bags of sandwiches thrown at them by Hungarian police wearing helmets and hygiene masks in a fenced-in enclosure inside a big hall.


Women and children were caught in the chaotic scrum as hungry people frantically tried to catch the bread flying through the air.

Many migrants too far back in the crowd climbed onto the fence, waving and shouting to get the officers' attention.

"It was like animals being fed in a pen, like Guantanamo in Europe," said Klaus Kufner, a volunteer who was with the woman who recorded the images, referring to the notorious prison camp where the US is accused of torturing inmates.

He told AFP he and Michaela Spritzendorfer -- who filmed the scenes -- had driven together to Roszke to bring food, clothes and medication to help the thousands of refugees pouring over the border.

"It was inhumane and it really speaks for these people that they didn't fight over the food despite being clearly very hungry," said Spritzendorfer, the wife of a Vienna councillor with Austria's Green Party.

The footage, which was uploaded on YouTube late on Thursday and widely shared on social media networks, had more than 20,000 views by Friday morning.

*The information above is porvided by Agence France-Presse. Footage is provided by Reuters News Agency.