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Migrants protest at Budapest train station

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 01:01

Hundreds of migrants denied entry on trains and escorted out of Budapest train station by police. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's shuttered Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday (September 1), demanding that the station be reopened and they be allowed to travel on to Germany. Hungarian authorities closed the train station altogether, then reopened it but barred entry to the migrants. About 100 police in helmets and wielding batons guarded the station. Dozens of migrants who were inside were forced out. Migrants waved tickets, clapping, booing and hissing, and shouting "Germany, Germany" with police lined up at the entrance to the station. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs, when asked why the railway terminus was closed, told Reuters in an e-mailed statement that Hungary was trying to enforce EU law, which requires anyone who wishes to travel within Europe to hold a valid passport and a Schengen visa. The arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants has confounded the European Union, which has eliminated all border controls for travel between 26 countries of its Schengen area but requires those seeking asylum to remain in the country where they first arrive until their applications are processed. The vast majority of those arriving first reach the continent's southern and eastern edges and are determined to travel across Europe and seek asylum in more generous countries further north and west. Hungary is on a major overland transit route from the Middle East and Africa for refugees who flee violence and economic migrants escaping poverty, with more than 140,000 people crossing its southern border with Serbia this year alone.

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Migrants protest at Budapest train station

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 01:01