Migrants Can Enter Austria and Germany, Official Says – New York Times
Video Footage showed migrants — frustrated with the Hungarian authorities, who have blocked their way by rail — starting the walk from Budapest toward Germany. Others remained in a standoff with the police.
By PALKO KARASZ, ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS and DAN BILEFSKY
September 4, 2015
BUDAPEST — After a day of defiance by increasingly desperate refugees, the government of Hungary metaphorically threw up its hands on Friday and said it was offering to bus thousands of migrants to the Austrian border, sending the crisis spinning closer to the heart of the Continent.
An aide to Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a statement that the buses would transport the thousands still thronging the Keleti railroad station in Budapest and the approximately 1,200 people who stormed out of the train station earlier on Friday and set off on foot toward the Austrian border.
The Austrian chancellor, Werner Faymann, said on his Facebook page on Saturday morning that he had spoken to Mr. Orban and — in agreement with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany — the refugees would be allowed in. “On the basis of the current situation of need, Austria and Germany agree to allow in this case the onward journey of these refugees into their countries,” the Facebook statement said.
”We expect further that Hungary should meet its European obligations, including the obligations which result from the Dublin agreement,” the statement said. “At the same time, we expect Hungary to be ready to solve the current burdens on the basis of the fair distribution which the European Commission is currently working on.”
The refugee dilemma strikes a deep chord in Austria, which accepted waves of people in past decades whenever unrest hit the Soviet bloc: in 1956, after the anti-Soviet revolt in Hungary; in 1968, after Soviet tanks crushed the Prague Spring reforms in Czechoslovakia; in 1981, after martial law was declared in Poland; and in the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
While buses could be seen arriving to pick up the marchers, there was no immediate sign of buses around Keleti station Friday night. Shortly after 11 p.m., the police sealed off the stairways that led from the station’s main entrance down to the underground plaza where the migrants were encamped, and riot police moved to close off the area around the station — ostensibly to keep away potentially rowdy soccer fans.
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