Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannons at migrants and refugees who were demanding to be allowed to enter the country from Serbia. Frustrated people threw plastic water bottles and rocks at helmeted riot police and demanded that the border be reopened. Police, backed by special antiterrorist units, responded with water cannons and tear gas from the other side of a metal barrier rolled out across the road at the Roszke-Horgos border crossing.

Before the tensions escalated, some women had pushed to the front of the crowd and held small babies and children above their heads as they faced police in an obvious appeal for mercy, but no one made it through.

Hungary's right-wing government has built a metal fence all along the frontier with Serbia to keep refugees and migrants out. Hungarian police accused "aggressive migrants" of trying to breach the border fence.