Migrants in Hungary go on hunger strike

2017-03-13 19:19
A Hungarian soldier patrols a migrant centre. (Sandor Ujvari, MTI via AP)

A Hungarian soldier patrols a migrant centre. (Sandor Ujvari, MTI via AP)

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Budapest - Hungary's immigration and asylum office says 94 of 102 asylum-seekers detained in a closed reception centre have launched a hunger strike, demanding to be set free.

The asylum office said on Monday that most of those in detention in the southeastern city of Bekescsaba were being held because they broke European Union asylum rules.

The office said in a statement that the detainees received regular updates on the status of their cases and that the situation at the centre was calm.

The detainees also complained about Hungarian authorities taking their fingerprints since they aren't seeking asylum in Hungary.

A law passed by parliament last week will allow the government to put all asylum-seekers in Hungary in container camps on the Serbian border.

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