A desperate refugee family were photographed being dragged off an Austria-bound train by Hungarian authorities who wanted to take them away to a migrant holding camp.
Having finally been allowed to leave Budapest on board trains bound for western Europe after a tense two day stand off with police, hundreds of refugees now face further frustration and delays after their train was halted in the nearby town of Bicske and all those on board ordered off.
In these heartbreaking images, a father overcome with emotion tries desperately to protect his wife and child from being taken away – lying down on the tracks in protest before officers dragged them away for their own safety.
Hungarian police officers wearing protective helmets and carrying truncheons demanded the refugees make their way to a migrant holding centre in the town – leading to clashes with those desperate to start a new life in western Europe.
Hundreds of desperate migrants poured into Budapest’s main railway station this morning after Hungarian police withdrew following a two-day standoff, triggering chaotic scenes. Crowds stormed a stationary train, cramming children through open windows in the belief they might travel west to Austria and Germany. Hungary’s main railway operator, however, said there would be no direct trains leaving for western Europe today. Within a few hours a train carrying hundreds of migrants left the railway station, purportedly bound for Sopron on Hungary’s border with Austria.