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Chaos at Budapest train station

Saturday, September 05, 2015 - 01:05

Hundreds of exhausted migrants scramble to board a train they mistakenly think is headed to Vienna, before abandoning it and attempting to walk into Austria on foot. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Several hundred migrants left Budapest's Keleti railway station on foot on Saturday (September 5) and are walking to Vienna, a day after about a 1,000 migrants set off on a similar journey. Local TV station images showed chaotic scenes of confused migrants trying to board a train going to Vienna which was in fact leaving for Pecs in Hungary. They appeared to abandon the idea of traveling to Vienna by train, heading towards the roads to walk to the Austrian capital. Hungary sent about 4,500 migrants to the Austrian border by bus overnight, including those who were walking on the motorway, but said this was a one-off and there would be no further transports. Earlier, Austria threw open its borders to thousands of exhausted migrants, many of them refugees from the Syrian war, saying it had agreed with Germany to grant them access, regardless of European Union rules. In Bicske, west of the capital Budapest, migrants were seen walking under police escort. For two days, migrants had a stand-off with police in Bicske, refusing to leave trains. The stand-off ended on Friday (September 4) when migrants voluntarily left the trains, boarded a bus that took them to a nearby reception center. Hungary, the main entry point into Europe's borderless Schengen zone for migrants, has taken a hard line, vowing to seal its southern frontier with a new, high fence by Sept. 15. Hungarian officials have painted the crisis as a defense of Europe's prosperity, identity and "Christian values" against an influx of mainly Muslim migrants.

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Chaos at Budapest train station

Saturday, September 05, 2015 - 01:05