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The UNCHR in Budapest, Hungary writes that — an angry confrontation between police and refugees on a blocked train just outside Budapest; a makeshift camp of stranded Syrians, Afghans and others at the capital’s main railway station; more than 2,000 refugees crossing into the country from Serbia each day –the contours of Europe’s refugee and migration crisis are growing and shifting. It describes the concourse in front of the main Keleti train station in Budapest as resembling a sad, makeshift campsite. “More than 2,000 people slept there overnight, a few in small tents, some with blankets and air mattresses, many on the cement floor covered in nothing but their clothes.”
— Paddy (@paddyls) September 1, 2015
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) August 28, 2015
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) September 2, 2015
— Michael Rusch (@weeddude) September 4, 2015
On September 3, the U.S. Embassy in Hungary issued an alert concerning the migrants at the the Keleti Railway Station. This is about the only statement we could locate concerning the refugee crisis in its host country:
The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens in Hungary to be alert when traveling through the Keleti Railway Station (Palyaudvar). Increasing numbers of migrants in and around the station have resulted in large crowds in public spaces. Although these crowds have occasionally confronted police, demonstrations have been peaceful, and the presence of migrants has not led to a rise in crime, violent or otherwise. However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Rail passengers should be prepared to show their passports to be admitted to the trains and platforms. Rail traffic to and from the station has been subject to significant delays. In some cases, departures have been cancelled.
On the same day when Hungary was accused of inhumane treatment of refugees, Embassy Budapest tweeted this:
— US Embassy Budapest (@usembbudapest) August 28, 2015
A couple of weeks earlier, the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell toured Hungary’s majestic caves:
— USGov ESTH CEEurope (@REHBudapest) August 21, 2015
An FB commenter writes to Embassy Budapest:
Ambassador Bell, by not speaking against Hungary’s regressive and inhuman actions on refugees you are proving all the charges that you are an ineffective diplomat and mere window dressing. Perhaps you should join Donald Trump’s campaign. Hungary needs to become the great country she could be, not revert to her infamous policies of the 20th Century.
Two days ago, this photo shocked the world:
— Peter Bouckaert (@bouckap) September 2, 2015
On September 3, the State Department spox tweeted this:
We recognize urgency of refugee situation in Europe. Images shocking. Support efforts of nations & EU to address in comprehensive manner. — John Kirby (@statedeptspox) September 4, 2015
— US Embassy Budapest (@usembbudapest) September 4, 2015
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