Hungarian police, refugees in second day of standoff

Hungarian police and refugees in second day of tense standoff as Hungary blocks railway transportation to Western Europe

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A family is escorted by police from Bicske train station to a bus that will take them into a refugee camp after their train from Budapest was stopped here on September 3, 2015.

A standoff between police and refugees continued into a second day as many people fleeing conflicts want to reach Germany by Hungarian railway.

On Thursday, police authorities let migrants inside the Keleti train station in Budapest, but stopped the train forcing refugees off in Bicske where there is a refugee reception centre. Banging on the train windows, the refugees shouted "no camp, no camp," Sky News reported.

In protest to being taken to the camp, many laid on rail tracks, including a family holding a toddler. Others tried to push back dozens of policemen by blocking the stairs to get back to the train.

Hungarian policemen stand by the family of migrants protesting on the tracks at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, September 3, 2015.

Hundreds of refugees, many of them fled the war in Syria, spent the night on a packed train, insisting the authorities to stop blocking their way to Germany and refusing to go to the nearby camp. They believe reaching Germany is the only option for them to survive.

Police guard a train full of refugees stuck in a stalemate as they refuse to obey law enforcement officers and get off at the station, fearing they would be put up in a nearby refugee camp in Bicske, Hungary, September 4, 2015. 

Thousands of refugees, including hundreds of children, are still waiting at Keleti train station. Many hold signs in protest demanding to be allowed to leave Hungary.

A migrant holds a sign in front of Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015.

Several staged a silent protest in front of the railway station.

Refugees in front of the Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary, September 3, 2015.

France and Germany say the EU should make a fair distribution of refugees among the member states, while the Visegrad Four- Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia oppose the idea of migrant quotas.

Prime ministers of Visegrad group will discuss the refugee crisis at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, while EU foreign ministers are set to meet in Brussels to address the issue and European Commission officials will arrive on Greek Island of Kos.

Thousands of refugees prevented from boarding trains had been stranded at a Budapest railway station for two days, resulted from the impediment caused due to the failure of the EU to reach an agreement over its migration policy. Many refugees in Budapest want to travel across Europe, however, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban says the country is enforcing EU rules.

Orban on Thursday said that the influx of the refugees into Europe threatens and undermines Europe’s Christian roots, and governments should control their borders before they decide how many refugees should be allowed.

TRTWorld and agencies