Buses provided for migrants once, not again: Hungary police

  • AFP, Budapest
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:27 IST
Migrants arrive by bus at the railway station in Nickelsdorf in Austria on September 5, 2015. Hungarian government provided buses to transfer thousands of migrants to Austria and Germany, after they fled their countries to escapee war and poverty. (Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic)

Calling its act to transfer thousands of migrants to the Austrian border by its buses as a 'one-off', Hungary's police said that it will no longer be providing buses for any further transfer.

"The provision of buses towards Austria was a one-off and there will be no more vehicles sent to refugees walking along the road" towards Vienna, Karoly Papp, the Hungary police chief was quoted saying by state news agency MTI.

Overnight and on Saturday morning, around 90 buses brought several thousand migrants to Hungary's western border. Also, some 6,500 had crossed into Austria by early afternoon.

Austria allowed them to cross over and provided special buses and trains to take them to Vienna, Salzburg and into Germany - the chosen destination for all but a handful.

Hungary provided buses after around 1,200 migrants marched on Friday towards Austria from Budapest's Keleti train station, where thousands had been stranded for days, and several hundred people walking out of refugee camps.

On Saturday at least 500 people took part in another march from Keleti towards Austria, after around 800 migrants reportedly walked out of Hungary's second largest refugee camp outside the eastern city of Debrecen.

Police prevented them from joining the M1 motorway, directing them onto a national road. An AFP photographer at the scene said the migrants were begging police to "please send us buses".

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has taken a hard line against the migrants, warning against the arrival of so many Muslims from a "profoundly different culture", said Saturday it was "unacceptable" for people to block motorways.

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