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Migrants begin walking to border
04 Sep 2015 18:06
A group of around 500 refugees and migrants, marching on a Hungarian motorway towards the Austrian border, broke through a police barricade and continued on the main highway connecting Budapest and Vienna.
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The group, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan, left Budapest's Keleti railway station this morning after authorities refused to let them travel to Austria on trains.
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Many of the people in the column held up pictures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and chanted "Germany, Germany."
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The crowd included people in wheelchairs and on crutches, as well as parents carrying children on their shoulders.
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"We are very happy that something is happening at last, The next stop is Austria. The children are very tired, Hungary is very bad, we have to go somehow," one man from Syria told AFP
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They were part of an estimated 2,000 migrants stuck in makeshift refugee camps at Keleti station.
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Separately, 300 people broke out of a Hungarian reception camp near the Serbian border, fleeing towards a motorway that connects southern Hungary with Budapest.
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Hungarian police said they had temporarily shut the Roszke border crossing with Serbia.
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"In the interest of preventing accidents, the police have temporarily closed the Roszke motorway border crossing to incoming traffic and are redirecting traffic to (a national road)," police said in statement.
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Police said around 2,300 people are still in the camp and are threatening to break out if their demands, which are not clear, are not met.
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Meanwhile, state news agency MTI says dozens of people have broken out of a second camp near the town of Bicske, where hundreds have spent the night on a train after refusing to go to camp to process asylum seekers.
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