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[ 20. May 2016 ]

Solidarity Campaign! Freedom for the accused in the Röszke / Horgos trial

No fences or prisons

There are 11 people on trial, accused by the Hungarian government for participation in "mass-riot". They were brutally beaten up and arrested in a riot police attack last year on 16th of September 2015, at the serbian-hungarian border Röszke/Horgos 2 (after the fence was completed and the border was closed down), when about 5000 people were protesting and demanding their right to free movement.


See Video Clip from Sep 2015: Police and state terror on the border between Serbia and Hungry. On 16.09.2015 riot police attack peacefully protesting refugees, who demand the opening of the border and freedom of movement ::

These 11 people are kept in prison since that day without any support. One of the accused Ahmed H. has been constructed as the "leader" of the protest (just because he was talking to a megaphone) and accused for a "terrorist attack". He is on a separate trial. At least 3 of the accused are obviously specially vulnerable, between them a 64 years old woman and a disabled man in wheelchairs, both of them injured in the war in Syria. Through their examples the international media covered the trial, and it was shown how ridiculous it is to pose these people as a 'danger' for the hungarian state.

See the report here ::

Even though the investigation is finished and the trial has started, which from the legal perspective means that people should have the right to wait for the trial out of the prison, they are still held in custody. At least 3 of them in Kiskunhalas detention, and about the others it's even not known where they are exactly. All of them are detained without access to medical or psychological assistance. As far as it's known only the 3 vulnerable persons are presented in front of the court by a Helsinki lawyer. If the court will find them guilty the sentence could be 1-5 years prison time, and for the syrian man who is accused for "terrorist attack" it can be 10-20 years.

We want it to be clear, we do not intend to criticize for this absurd and violent act only the Hungarian government, as the most right wing or 'evil' country in EU, like many of the so called "democratic"state institutions, NGOs, and mass media do: the "Horgos/Röszke" trial is revealing the reality of a system in which state and police violence is never put in question, and in which money and goods can move freely but not people. They are needed only as illegalized cheap workers or consumers.

This is an appeal for action. The accused people need support ASAP! If you are in Hungary or elsewhere and willing to do something, there are few things what u can do: visit the accused, write solidarity letters, put attention in their case during other actions, monitor the trials, share and publish about this case in your networks and wider, help with getting reliable legal assistance for all of the accused, improve the solidarity campaign!

Dates of coming trials:

27 June (Ahmed H.)
29 June, 8 am
30 June, 8 am
01 July, 8 am

Location: 6722 Szeged, Tábor u. 4. [press must register]

No one should be forgotten! United against all prisons and fences! Free the Röszke eleven!

Further information

:: Szeged court files criminal complaint over ‘tampered’ Röszke testimony (, 09. May 2016)
:: Judge orders new translations of testimony given by Röszke defendants (, 29. Apr 2016)
:: What really happened at Röszke? (, 22. Sep 2015)

:: Report from the Hungarian-Serbian border (03. May 2016)
:: Call out for an EMERGENCY solidarity action at the Serbian-Hungarian border (16. Sep 2015)
:: Some words on the situation at the Hungarian-Austrian border on 15th of February 2015 (16. Sep 2015)
:: The border becomes more deadly (13. Sep 2015)
:: New Laws for Migrants and Refugees in Hungary (10. Sep 2015)

in hungarian:
::, 28. Apr 2016
::, 28. Apr 2016

in german (in
:: Menschenunwürdige Behandlung von Geflüchteten an den EU-Außengrenzen zeigt Europas wahres, hässliches Gesicht (07. Oct 2015)
:: Röszke: Helfen oder zuschauen, wie Menschen sterben (14. Sep 2015)
:: Die Grenze wird tödlicher (13. Sep 2015)
:: Konvois nach Röszke (09. Sep 2015)

in Pester Lloyd:
:: Regierungstreue Plakatkampagne gegen "Untergang der christlichen Zivilisation" durch "Einwanderer" (06. Oct 2015)
:: Säbelrasseln des "Autisten": Ungarn überwirft sich im Flüchtlingschaos mit seinen Nachbarn und steuert auf Vier-Fronten-"Krieg" zu (21. Sep 2015)
:: Polizeistaat Ungarn: Orbán hat den Rubikon überschritten (17. Sep 2015)
:: Versuchter Grenzdurchbruch: Gewalttätige Ausschreitungen an serbischer-ungarischer Grenze (16. Sep 2015)
:: +++ Newsticker zur Lage der Flüchtlinge in Ungarn +++ Teil 2 (ab 07. Sep 2015)

Videos @ YouTube:
:: Stop the war against migrants! Terror on the SRB-HUN border (No Border No Nation, 25. Sep 2016)
:: Syrian refugees: one half-blind, one disabled, on trial in Hungary (Channel 4 News, 27. Apr 2016)

Audio report (in german):
:: Situation in Röszke (, 11. Sep 2015)

:: no border serbia
:: Migszol - Migrant solidarity group

Article published first on 17. May 2016 by ::