A thousand people demonstrated in downtown Budapest Tuesday against a fence Hungary is building along its border with Serbia to keep out migrants entering from the south.
The fence Hungary started to construct will be four meters high and 175 kilometers long. The government says it is defending the EU’s and its own borders, after registering more than 70,000 migrants so far this year, up from 43,000 in 2014.
The migrants come from poor or conflict-ridden countries. Most go on to wealthier parts of the EU, but those states are supposed to send illegal migrants back to where they entered Europe.
Speakers at the rally said the fence would not keep people from fleeing and the money spent on it was a waste. One of them called the fence “immoral.” after hundreds of thousands have moved into Western states from Eastern Europe.
“The money should be spent on aid,” said Agnes Hars, a demonstrator.