Migrants Leave Budapest For Austrian Frontier; Pressure Builds For EU Action
Hundreds of migrants have taken on Thursday morning assault the main Budapest railway station immediately after its reopening by the police, but the departure of trains for Western Europe remained suspended.
The main entrance to the Keleti railway station was reopened at 8:15 (6:15 GMT). In the total chaos and the absence of police officers, many migrants – among the 2,000 who were stranded in Budapest since Tuesday – have pushed and scuffled have even trying to board a train at the platform. Some remained suspended in the doors even if they were asked to get off.
Among the migrants, haggard family seemed exhausted after days spent in a makeshift refugee camp in the Keleti railway station.People were dragging luggage, men carried small children on their shoulders.
Thirty policemen, some wearing helmets, are then arrived and took position along an adjacent dock.
A loudspeaker announced that no international train would not leave the Keleti railway station “for an indefinite period.
In the interest of safety of rail transport, the company decided that the direct links between Budapest and Western Europe would not be in service until further notice, announced the Hungarian Railways (MAV) in a statement.
A spokesman of the MAV said the official news agency MTI that “passengers who want to travel to Western European companies must take trains (foreign), from the north and west boundaries” of Hungary.
I want to know when the Hungarian government will let us go in Germany, wondered Nizamuddin, a 31 year old Afghan who is seeking political asylum in Germany.
“I slept for two hours last night. It was cold, there was wind and I did not cover my body shook,” added the young man was unable to board the train.
Hungary, an EU member, has become a hub for migrants, including 50,000 flocked to the country for the month of August, hoping to continue their journey to Germany and other countries Western Europe.
Most come from the border with Serbia, which is not part of the EU, despite the barbed wire fence erected by Budapest along the border.
The police said Thursday it had intercepted 2,061 people on the night, including 389 children, on the border with Serbia. The migrants were mostly Syrians, Afghans and Pakistanis, and almost all were trying to travel to Western Europe, particularly in Germany.
On Monday, the authorities had allowed thousands of migrants to take trains to Austria and Germany, but the next day, migrants with no visas for EU countries had been prevented from leaving.