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European News Immigrants violently defy coronavirus quarantines in Germany, Hungary

Immigrants who have come to Europe in recent years seem to have grown accustomed to being able to travel wherever they wish, whenever they wish without having to respect the authorities. And now, they’re balking at being told that they have to remain under quarantine due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

In a migrant center in Suhl, Germany on Monday, approximately 30 migrants blocked the entrance to the dining area to protest against being kept under coronavirus quarantine, taking a child hostage in the process, according to a report by the German news site Junge Freiheit. The center is currently home to approximately 500 migrants.

The migrants also threatened to burn the center down if they were not released, and waved the ISIS flag. Some tried to leave the building by jumping over a fence, but were stopped by police. Most of them were Georgian or from North Africa, according to local police.

Eventually, authorities were able to convince the migrants to stand down peacefully.

This was the culmination of growing discontent among the migrants, who had already attacked German police by throwing objects at them over the weekend when they were prevented from breaking quarantine.

The German Ministry of the Interior has reported that 13 migrants throughout Germany have been diagnosed with coronavirus infection so far. Under emergency regulations, applicants for asylum in Germany currently either have to test negative for coronavirus or else agree to be kept in quarantine for two weeks.

Hungary has been less tolerant of immigrants who refuse to submit to quarantine, however. 13 students from Iran who had been legally studying in Hungary were deported this week after they had behaved aggressively toward medical personnel and had tried to break quarantine while being held at Saint László Hospital in Budapest, according to another report in Remix News. It was also reported that the students had thrown chairs out of the ward where they were being kept.

Two other Iranian students were deported for similar offenses on Friday. They are banned from reentering the Schengen Zone for three years.

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has not shied away from pointing out the link between immigration and the epidemic. On Friday, he pointed out that the coronavirus had first appeared in Hungary among Iranian students, as previously reported by Voice of Europe, and that those students had continued to attend classes despite their university’s advice.

“We have seen that it was mostly foreigners who brought in the disease, and that it is mostly spreading among foreigners,” Orbán said. “We are fighting a two-front war. One front is called migration, and the other one belongs to the coronavirus.”

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