Czech police stamp refugees arms with ink

Men, women, children refugees detained, stamped with permanent ink on their arm by Czech officers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Hungarian police officers checks papers of a traveller as a train heading for Austria, with migrants on board, is stopped for checks at a border station in Hegyeshalom, Hungary.

Czech security authorities began removing refugees from trains that were headed to Germany by detaining and stamping numbers on their arms with permanent ink, according to media reports.

The Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka meanwhile called Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico for a solution over the rising refugee influx in central and eastern Europe.

In Moravia, southern Czech Republic, the police early on Tuesday said that an estimated 200 refugees arrived from Austria and Hungary, the Independent newspaper reported. 

Police spokeswoman Katerina Rendlova said that "we can't say how many had the necessary papers. Some do and some don't. But most did not. None of the detainees had permission to enter our country. This is the reason for the detention." 

Indo Asian News Service (IANS) referring to the EFE news agency reported that they arrested 115 men, 38 women and 61 children.

Pictures spread on social media of the officers writing registration numbers on refugees wrists and arms with permanent ink.

The refugees told reporters that they were traveling from Budapest after they purchased valid train tickets and were allowed to board by the Hungarian police.

The governor of Moravia, Michal Hasek, told the local Zpravy newspaper that authorities “are preparing for what could occur if the wave of migrants [refugees] increased.”

Prime Minister Sobotka will hold a meeting with other EU leaders in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, on Monday.

Germany expects to receive 800,000 asylum seekers by the end of this year, said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere in mid-July, and 43 percent of all asylum applications in the 28-nation EU.

The number of applications are likely to rise four times from last year in Germany.

Most have been going directly through Austria, but the numbers found in trains crossing the Czech Republic have jumped in recent days.

According to Britske Listy, a Czech daily, former Czech president Vaclav Klaus said that immigration is not a human right, it is like a "suicide."

"I was shocked that even the French Prime Minister [Manuel Valls] said this as did a number of other politicians. If Europe wants to commit suicide by accepting an unlimited number of refugees, let them do it but not with our consent. We must say a resolute NO," said Klaus adding that he hoped that Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner's idea about linking EU subsidies with the acceptance of refugees will be strongly rejected by many Czech politicians.

TRTWorld and agencies