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Police try to push refugees out of Keleti, sparking demo

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MTI / Zoltán Balogh

Police closed Keleti Railway Station and told the hundreds of refugees, who were camped out in a transit area there waiting for trains to Germany, that they must leave, sparking a demonstration by the refugees, Hungarian news agency MTI reported this morning.

Refugees on a platform at Keleti seeking to board trains. (Photo: MTI)

Refugees chanted slogans and demanded the right to board trains to Vienna and Germany. The police were reportedly trying to lead the demonstrating refugees out of the building, so that they could let trains go without any refugees on board, but the platforms were filled with demonstrating refugees, the news agency added.

Other refugees were standing in front of the station while the police stood in a line trying to barricade platforms, but they could not block the many demonstrators who were already in the station, MTI reports. Police also put up cordons to close the way leading to the railway station from the underground station, and refugees are being informed about the situation with the help of interpreters, MTI says.

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