Refugees protest as Hungary blocks railway for 2nd day

Hundreds of refugees at Budapest’s main international railway station remain defiant after authorities block entrance for boarding trains

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Refugees rest near the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after police stopped them from getting on trains to Germany

Hundreds of refugees shouted resistant slogans on Wednesday at the Budapest’s main international railway station as Hungarian police security denied them entrance for the second day.

Most of the refugees want to travel to Germany and other European Union countries to seek for asylum.

Earlier this week, the Hungarian police allowed hundreds of refugees to board trains for their way to Germany.

A government spokesman said Hungary would abide by European Union rules when asked regarding letting the refugees board trains to Germany as it did on Monday.

"In the territory of the EU, illegal migrants can travel onwards only with valid documents and observing EU rules," he said. "A train ticket does not overwrite EU rules."

"What we want? Peace! What we need? Peace!" a few hundred of refugees shouted outside Keleti station, with many of them from the Middle East, Asia and Africa fleeing war, brutality and poverty.  

Hungary's police said in a statement they intend to reinforce their positions outside the Keleti terminal as the number of refugees arriving from Serbia continues to increase by the hour, with an estimated 3,000 already staying around the station.

They said officers working closely with colleagues from Austria, Germany and Slovakia also were searching for refugees travelling illegally on other Hungarian trains and described the security case in accordance with the EU's policy of passport-free travel.  

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is scheduled to meet EU Officials on Thursday to discuss his country's handling of unprecedented flow of 150,000 refugees, many from Syria and other conflict zones across the world.

While Germany says it expects to receive 800,000 asylum appllications this year, four times higher than the last year's figure, many EU countries face criticism for ignoring to accept more asylum seekers.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Spanish counterpart Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Berlin on Tuesday where she stressed the need for the fair distribution of refugees by EU countries.

Merkel said that the distribution of refugees is part of a strategy to cope with Europe's unprecedented refugee crisis. 

Refugees' desperate journey to EU

Naval securities from several countries continued to patrol the Mediterranean waters off the coast of Libya on Wednesday in hopes of preventing more mass drownings of refugees.

A Norwegian Naval security said it was carrying about 800 rescued refugees, including 11 pregnant women with more than 30 children, travelling to Cagliari on Italy's island of Sardinia.  

Turkish media report said at least 11 refugees died and five others went missing on Wednesday after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos got capsized in the Aegean Sea.




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