Police.hu reports on how two Serbian smugglers and their 4 Kosovar passengers were caught on the road to Vienna. The migrants paid 1800 euros to the driver for the journey from Röszke to Vienna. Also according to the article the police found it very suspicious that one of the Serbians was travelling alone and they already suspected him of smuggling migrants. (Why is a lone Serbian driver suspicious?!)
Hajdú Online publishes a short opinion piece on how Afghan refugees helped the police to catch smugglers. (see more here.) It intends to be witty but it is actually a rather pathetic piece of writing. It starts with the exclamation: ‘These illegal migrants! The border offenders only reached Hungary from Afghanistan even though their dream was to arrive to the West. But they were caught red-handed and the domino started to fall. And they are just falling and falling.’
Hvg.hu reports on how the police and the TEK (Counter-Terrorism police) caught and arrested altogether 15 smugglers in Szabolcs county. Apparently, 10 Afghan migrants who were caught previously told the police about the smugglers.
The TEK was involved because the gang also had weapons. The leader of the gang was alerted from the Ukrainian side about migrants who wanted to cross and go to the west. They were waiting for the migrants at the border while they were watching the police. After, they took the migrants in cars towards the west. Apparently they asked for hundreds of dollars from the people, the ‘fee’ could even reach as high as 2000 dollars. The gang members might be sentenced to 8 years in prison if criminal conspiracy is proven.
Hvg.hu also publishes videos, one by the police and another one by TEK about the raids. (Obviously, the TEK makes much more professional videos!)
Local Szeged news reports how two Russians were driving cars with 10 Syrians.
Police.hu gives details about police actions in Hegyeshalom. On a train to Austria a family from Kosovo (6 people) and 2 Albanians were caught: apparently they arrived in Hungary a day before and applied for asylum. However, they got on a train to Austria instead of travelling to the refugee camp designated for them. Three of them have already been banned from entry into the Schengen zone (SIS= Schengen Information System).
Also, 6 Syrians were caught in a car - no indication given of where they came from or if they asked for asylum.
A German driver of Syrian descent also tried to drive 3 Syrians and one Palestinian abroad. No indication about asylum requests or about their starting point.
A local news site reports that three Albanians and their Albanian ‘helper’ were caught near Röszke.
Promenád.hu reports that a Syrian family of 6 were caught. Their helpers were a couple (a Romanian wife and an Iraqi husband) from Romania, apparently the migrants’ neighbours. The article includes what appears to be the story given by the couple. The Syrians were sent back to Romania but it is the Hungarian authorities who took charge of the smugglers.
Bors.hu (a tabloid paper) summarizes a story originally published in a British tabloid, Daily Express about how 24 Eritreans were found in a refrigerator truck driven by a Hungarian. The truck was trying to enter the UK near Dover. The migrants were desperately out of oxygen and and screaming for help, which is how they were discovered.
While the original British article shows a bit of humanity towards the migrants, the Hungarian article is making an anecdote, or a ‘funny’ story out of the situation .The language it uses is really deplorable (for example: ‘beside the frozen yoghurts 24 Eritrean refugees got stuck in the back’). Also it calls the conversation between the almost suffocated refugees and the men opening the lorry doors funny (‘Where do you came from, Hungary? No, not hungry, lack of oxygen!’). Watch the video yourself.
Szabolcs Online reports that a joint operation between Romanian and Hungarian border guards found 19 Syrian migrants in a truck coming from Romania at the border crossing. The article gives details about how the people were discovered, first with a carbon-dioxide measuring tool and then the guards conducted an examination using an x-ray device. Romanian border authorities took charge of the migrants and the driver. Check out the photo gallery!
Several media ( like 444.hu, vs.hu) have published articles on the case of 23 Syrians travelling in one car and who were caught at the Austrian border. They all asked for asylum, the Hungarian driver has been detained.
Police.hu has also published photographs of the capture: