Shocking videos (below) filmed on Wednesday in a camp located in Roszke, Hungary, show refugees enclosed in a pen, scrambling for sandwiches tossed to them by police.
The videos were filmed by Michaela Spritzendorfer-Ehrenhauser, the wife of Austrian politician Alexander Spritzendorfer, who posted the footage on his YouTube channel.
"It was around 8 o'clock and they were giving dinner to people," Spritzendorfer-Ehrenhauser told Reuters. "There were maybe 100 people trying to catch these plastic bags with sausages ... They were not able to organize a camp and treat them like human beings."
Klaus Kufner, another volunteer who was with Spritzendorfer-Ehrenhauser, told AFP, “It was like animals being fed in a pen, like Guantanamo in Europe."
Kufner and Spritzendorfer-Ehrenhauser drove to the camp with clothing, medicine and food for the refugees.
“It was inhumane and it really speaks for these people that they didn’t fight over the food despite being clearly very hungry,” Spritzendorfer-Ehrenhauser told AFP.
Hungarian police said today that they are going investigate the incident, but Zoltan Kovacs, a Hungarian government spokesman, told Reuters via email:
I can see policemen who have been performing their duties for months, trying to take care of 23,000 migrants arriving continuously day by day while there is no co-operation whatsoever on their part.
I can see they are trying to maintain order among those who are unable to line up for food.
However, Peter Bouckaert, Emergencies Director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement today:
The detainees at Roszke are held in filthy, overcrowded conditions, hungry, and lacking medical care. The Hungarian authorities have an obligation to ensure that migrants and asylum seekers are held in humane conditions and that their rights are respected.
(Note: Michaela Spritzendorfer-Ehrenhauser was identified as Michaela Spritzendorfer in the AFP report, but as Michaela Spritzendorfer-Ehrenhauser by Reuters and on her husband's YouTube channel)