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Budapest anger brings focus to Europe migrant crisis

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 01:22

Hundreds of refugees and migrants protest in Budapest while many thousands more cross land and water to start a new life elsewhere in Europe. Multimedia Display (no reporter narration).

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DISPLAY (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of migrants protested in front of Budapest's main railway terminus on Wednesday, with riot police lining up on one side of the square. There was no sign of violence but sentiment was palpably tense, with one migrant holding up a sign saying, "We are under siege." Earlier, migrants briefly blocked a main road at the terminus. The angry crowd has been camped out there, demanding to board trains for Germany, as Europe's asylum system crumbled under the strain of the influx. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing wars, as well as economic migrants escaping poverty, have arrived in the European Union, confounding EU leaders and feeding the rise of right wing populists. Thousands have drowned in the Mediterranean and many others have died traveling over land, including 71 people found in the back of an abandoned truck in Austria last week. Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains. Also on Wednesday, the bodies of other migrants washed up on a Turkish beach. Photos of a drowned toddler face down in the surf spread quickly across the Internet, yet another searing image from Europe's worst migration crisis since the 1990s Balkan wars. The EU's executive European Commission promised to unveil a new policy next week to make it easier to process asylum claims, send those from safe countries home and distribute bona fide refugees among the bloc's 28 members. But for those protesting in Budapest, the news cannot come soon enough, as tensions remain simmering in the continent's ongoing crisis.

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Budapest anger brings focus to Europe migrant crisis

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 01:22