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    Hungarian police officers guard refugees to a regional train supposed to carry them to a nearby interim camp at a railways station in Budapest, Hungary September 2, 2015

    Hungarian Migrant Train Halted, Re-Directed to Refugee Camp

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    Hundreds of migrants who managed to board a train from Budapest to the border with Austria have had their journey stopped by police in Hungary, where the authorities are attempting to force them to stay in a refugee camp instead.

    Some of the thousands of migrants camped at Budapest's Keleti train station who managed to get a place on a train bound for the border with Austria had their journey curtailed by Hungarian authorities on Thursday, who intend to send the migrants to a camp instead of allowing them to reach their destination.

    The train was the first to depart Keleti train station after two days during which police closed the station to refugees and migrants, and left Budapest early on Thursday.

    Instead of continuing to its destination of Sopron, near the Austrian border, the train stopped at the town of Bicske, an hour from Budapest, the site of one of Hungary’s four main refugee camps.

    Confrontations ensued between the migrants and police, when security forces in Hungary tried to force migrants off the train. Migrants shouting "no camp," refused to leave the train. When some were forcibly removed, they lay on the tracks in protest.

    Hungarian police forced journalists away from Bicske station, which, according to reports, has been declared an 'operation zone' by authorities.


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