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Chaos on tracks as Hungary stops migrant train

Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 00:44

Hungary's migrant crisis took another disturbing turn on Thursday, when authorities ordered desperate refugees to get off a train they thought was taking them into western Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: Hungarian police halted a train packed with migrants bound for the Austrian border and tried to force them to disembark in a town with a detention camp on Thursday, a confrontation that has become a focus of Europe's migration crisis. After shutting migrants out of the main train station in the capital Budapest for two days, authorities allowed exhausted and confused migrants to board a westbound train. Hundreds crammed aboard clinging to doors and squeezing their children through open carriage windows. But instead of proceeding to the Austrian border, the train was stopped just west of Budapest in the town of Bicske, where Hungary has a migration reception center, and police ordered the migrants off. Police cleared one carriage, while five more stood at the station in the heat. Fearing detention, some migrants banged on windows chanting "No camp! No camp!" One group pushed back dozens of riot police guarding a stairwell to fight their way back on board. One family - a man, his wife and their toddler - made their way along the track next to the train and lay down in protest. It took a dozen riot police wrestling with the man to get them up again. Thousands of people have died at sea and scores have perished on land in Europe's worst migration crisis since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

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Chaos on tracks as Hungary stops migrant train

Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 00:44