Hundreds of migrants protest at Hungary station ban
Twelve Syrians refugees drown heading to Greek island
HUNDREDS of migrants have protested for a second day at Hungary’s decision to prevent them from travelling on towards Germany and other EU countries.
They are among 2,000 people camped at Budapest’s Keleti train station, having bought tickets for onward journeys.
Meanwhile, more than 4,000 migrants arrived in mainland Greece from the island of Lesbos overnight.
Meanwhile, at least 12 people believed to be Syrian refugees drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos yesterday, a senior Turkish naval official said.
The two boats, carrying a total of 23 people, had set off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula.
The confirmed dead included five children and one woman. Seven people were rescued and two reached the shore in lifejackets. The official said hopes were fading of saving the two people still missing.
Television images showed the lifeless body of a small boy dressed in a red t-shirt and blue shorts lying face-down on the sand in Bodrum, one of Turkey’s most popular beach resorts.
Tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the war in their homeland have descended on Turkey’s Aegean coast this summer to board boats to Greece, their gateway to the European Union.
The EU is struggling to deal with the largest number of refugees on the move since the end of World War Two.
Some 2,000 migrants camped overnight at Keleti station in east Budapest, having been prevented from boarding trains on Tuesday.
They had bought tickets after Hungary appeared to abandon efforts on Monday to register migrants, allowing huge numbers to board trains to Vienna and southern Germany.
Hungary gave little detail on its apparent U-turn, except to say it was trying to fulfil its obligations as an EU member to uphold border controls.
Hundreds of migrants again protested yesterday morning, chanting “Freedom, freedom” and waving train tickets, complaining they had paid hundreds of euros for the onward journeys.
Journalists at the scene said tensions were high as the migrants faced off with riot police.
The stalemate around Keleti station continues. Many families are trying to decide what to do now. Everyone is asking each other the same question – will they be allowed to carry on their journeys or are they stuck here until their money runs out?
Lines of police are currently blocking the entrance to the station. People are very frustrated and very angry.