Migrants lie on train tracks in protest at Hungarian station

Migrants lie on train tracks in protest at Hungarian station

There have been dramatic scenes at a railway station near Hungary's capital, Budapest, with migrants who were ordered off a train lying on the tracks in protest.

A train that left Budapest’s main train station with migrants was stopped in the town of Bicske, 22 miles west of Budapest, where one of Hungary’s refugee camps is located.

Police have now declared the station in Bicske an 'operation zone' and ordered news crews to leave.

Migrants lie on train tracks in protest at Hungarian station

The migrants had been taken from the carriages at Bicske and moved into an underpass by officers.

However, they managed to get back onto the train and there is now a stand-off between the refugees and Hungarian police in Bickse.

Sky's Mark Stone said: "A father appeared to entirely lose control of his emotions, and to make a point he pulled his wife nad their baby onto the track, lay down and then he hugged them.

Migrants lie on train tracks in protest at Hungarian station

"It was a very, very sad thing to watch."

It follows a two-day stand-off between the refugees and police at the Keleti station in the Hungarian capital.

Migrants by the hundreds had dashed into Budapest’s main train station after police stopped blocking its entrance today.

In a swirl of confusion, the migrants piled into trains at the Keleti station in the Hungarian capital despite announcements that there was no service to Western Europe.

Hungary’s railway company said it had suspended all direct trains from the Hungarian capital to western destinations “in the interests of railway transport security”.

Police later peacefully cleared roughly 900 migrants from one train, many of whom sat down on the platforms to wait.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has renewed her call for binding quotas to spread out tens of thousands of migrants among the European Union's 28 countries.

Migrants lie on train tracks in protest at Hungarian station

During a visit to Switzerland, Ms Merkel said she discussed the issue with French President Francois Hollande on Thursday morning.

She said they agree that “for those who need protection ... we need binding quotas within the European Union to share the task”.

She stressed that a country’s size and economic strength will be taken into account “but otherwise we will not cope with this question”.

Germany has taken in more migrants than any other European Union country. It expects 800,000 new arrivals this year.

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