Budapest (AP) Budapest police used stun guns and tear gas to break away from a crowd of about 200 people who had been protesting against the city’s police in the northern city of Bicske.
The protests were the latest to erupt across Europe against the crackdown on tourists.
Budapest is a popular tourist destination for both Russians and Hungarians, who say they fear for their lives when they travel there.
The police broke up the gathering and dispersed the demonstrators in a residential area of the city.
They had been blocking a main road leading to a nearby lake.
Bicske is the capital of eastern and southern Hungary.
Police had been warning protesters about the dangers of being too close to the main road and the police had used tear gas in the past.
“If the people are scared, then they can’t take to the streets, the police won’t take the law into their hands,” a man with a megaphone yelled, urging people to leave the protest site.
Many protesters are members of the leftist anti-government party Fidesz.
Thousands of tourists have been camping out in the city in protest against a government crackdown on the influx of migrants.
They have called for the cancellation of a planned cruise ship trip by a cruise ship company that had been scheduled to visit Budapest.
Fidesz has blamed the crisis on the “anti-European” policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has called for a referendum on EU membership and an end to a “war on tourism.”
Orban has repeatedly warned that he would shoot anyone who visited the city during the anti-immigration protests.
Earlier this month, Hungary’s top court blocked a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that would have allowed the European Union to force the government to change its migration policy.
In another development, the European Commission said it was suspending its investigation into the Budapest government’s handling of the migrant crisis.
The commission had launched the probe in January after the European Parliament criticized Hungary for failing to properly house the 1.1 million migrants arriving in the country each year. ___