Hundreds of refugees traveling on foot from Budapest

Hundreds of refugees start marching from Budapest to Vienna on foot

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Set out from the railways station carrying their belongings after Hungarian authorities blocked them from boarding western-bound trains.

Several hundred refugees have set off from Budapest's Keleti railway station to Vienna on foot, police escorted them as they walked across Elizabeth Bridge on Friday afternoon.

Earlier this week, the Hungarian police allowed hundreds of refugees to board trains on their way to Germany. Most of the refugees want to travel to Germany and other European Union countries to seek asylum.

Syrian refugees have been waiting in Budapest for days, after Germany announced easing asylum restrictions for Syrian refugees. Almost 300 refugees broke out of a Hungarian border camp, near the northern Serbian town of Horgos.

Migrants of several countries enter a local train going to the Hungarian-Austrian border at Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest

"We are very happy that something is happening at last, The next stop is Austria. The children are very tired, Hungary is very bad, we have to go somehow" 23-year-old Osama from Syria told AFP.

Police were monitoring the refugees and "would take every necessary measure” National police spokesperson Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs said.

Syrian refugees were shouting “freedom, freedom, we want peace” at Budapest station.

“Trains are on stand-by at the Hungarian border, equipped with beds, and will be prepared to take refugees on to Vienna”, said Austrian Railways (OBB) Head, Christian Kern.

However, on Sept. 4, Railway authorities blocked refugees from boarding trains to Austria and Germany because they lack EU visas. Currently passengers who want to go to Austria have to change trains at Hegyeshalom.

President Viktor Orban, conservative leader of Hungary, said on Thursday, the influx of refugees entering European borders threaten to weaken Europe's Christian roots. Hungarian government called on EU countries to implement immediate anti-immigration laws to protect their borders .

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On the other hand, UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) last Wednesday ,called on European states to work together to come up with a working strategy that could manage and equally distribute the massive daily influx of refugees escaping the violence in their home countries to reach the nations of the EU, without violating their human rights as refugees and asylum seekers.

“If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Aug. 31.

This month Germany revised its number of estimated refugees from 450,000 to 800,000, making it the country that accepted the most amount of refugees in EU.

"If we don't succeed in fairly distributing refugees then of course the Schengen question will be on the agenda for many,"  Merkel told a news conference in Berlin. "We stand before a huge national challenge. That will be a central challenge not only for days or months but for a long period of time."

Today, the European Parliament introduced new laws. These developments will result in new border 'transit zones' to hold asylum seekers while their applications are being processed.


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