Risking arrest, Austrian convoy shuttles refugees to border

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A convoy of 150-200 cars, most coming from Austria, began arriving at Budapestʼs Keleti station around noon today, bringing donations of food and clothes for refugees there – and promising to commit civil disobedience by giving 500-600 refugees rides to the Austrian border, according to index.hu. Thus far, that border is remaining open to refugees.

The convoy from Austria enters Hungary at Hegyeshalom earlier today, as they make their way to Keleti to provide rides to refugees. (Photo: MTI/Csaba Krizsán)

Trains running today have also been carrying refugees from Keleti to the Hungarian-Austrian border, and refugees are able to cross the frontier on foot, according to reports.

While knowingly transporting refugees is a crime, it was not clear if the Hungarian police would seek to stop the convoy as it makes a trip back over the border into Austria. Hungarian police said they treat each case of suspected refugee transportation individually, according to index.hu.

The convoy is large, and receiving wide press coverage, so police may choose to leave the drivers from Austria alone.

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