Hungarian Train Depot Emerges as Ground Zero in European Refugee Crisis

As the European continent grapples with a war-fueled refugee crisis, thousands of asylum-seekers remained stranded at Budapest’s main international railway station on Wednesday after Hungarian authorities prevented them from leaving for Germany and other countries in western Europe.

According to news reports, refugees who had expected to board trains at Keleti station to Austria and Germany found Hungarian police officers barring their way, citing EU rules.

The BBC explains:

But on Tuesday, Hungary backtracked, closing the station to refugees and migrants.

In turn, several hundred staged an impromptu demonstration, waving train tickets and shouting “Freedom! Freedom!” and “Germany! Germany!”—the country so many refugees are hoping to reach.