Stop Hungary From Using Water Cannons and Tear Gas on Refugees


Target: János Áder, President of Hungary

Goal: Find a less violent way to deal with refugees than using water cannons and tear gas on them.

Hungarian riot police used tear gas and water cannons recently on migrants at the country’s border with Serbia. The European refugee crisis has had a major effect on many countries, with nations like the U.S. and U.K. extending an arm to allow refugees to seek safety.

Hungary has been working to seal any ways for refugees to enter the country, leaving thousands of refugees with limited options to escape the violence of their home countries in the Middle East. With Hungary closed off, many refugees first waited patiently asking Hungary to open its border, until a group threatened to break through.

The Hungarian forces of armed vehicles began shooting water canons and using tear gas on the men, women and even children. The situation escalated into tires being set aflame, debris being thrown and screams heard throughout the area.

It’s sad to imagine that these refugees cannot find safety and a normal life in their own country and have other nations turn their backs on them and resort to violence. Tear gas and water cannons should not be used on children. Urge Hungarian officials to find a nonviolent solution to deal with the refugees at its border.


Dear President Áder,

A spat between refugees and Hungarian police at your country’s border erupted into a violent and dangerous situation where police were using tear gas and water cannons on refugees and their children. When you see the photos of toddlers with tear gas in their eyes and soaked in water after being blasted with a cannon, I would hope you understand this kind of situation cannot continue to happen.

Refugees are attempting to come to your country because they risk extreme danger, violence and murder in their own countries. Wouldn’t you hope that other nations would treat your citizens with compassion if they needed it? There must be another way to handle this situation that does not resort to such an escalation of violence. I urge you to find a nonviolent solution to deal with the refugees at your border.


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