Hungary blasts EU on migration amid chaos at train station

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's leader railed Thursday at Germany and EU leaders for lacking urgency in dealing with Europe's migrant crisis as chaos reigned back home, where migrants by the thousands surged into Budapest's main train station after police ended their two-day blockade of its entrance.

In a swirl of confusion, excited migrants piled into a newly arrived train at Keleti in the Hungarian capital despite announcements in Hungarian and English that all services from the station to Western Europe had been canceled. A statement on the main departures board said no more trains to Austria or Germany would depart "due to safety reasons until further notice!"

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Syrian people sleep inside a greenhouse at a makeshift camp for asylum seekers near Roszke, southern Hungary, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and others are still making their way slowly across Europe, seeking shelter where they can, taking a bus or a train where one is available, walking where it isn't. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A Syrian refugee boy walks in a sunflower field while he and other migrants wait inside and outside a bus before being taken by Hungarian police to board a train to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The Hungarian government is expected to decide Tuesday to deploy the army to its border with Serbia as a set of harsh new laws meant to stop the huge flow of refugees and other migrants through the country take effect. With Hungary cracking down, desperate people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere struggled to make it into the country, hoping to reach Western Europe before it was too late. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
An Afghan refugee woman holding her daughter rests while waiting to board a train heading to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Hungary is set to introduce much harsher border controls at midnight — laws that would send smugglers to prison and deport migrants who cut under Hungary's new razor-wire border fence. The country's leader was emphatically clear that they were designed to keep the migrants out. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Migrants sleep while waiting in a bus before being taken by Hungarian police to board a train to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. With Hungary cracking down, desperate people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere struggled to make it into the country, hoping to reach Western Europe before it was too late. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Soldiers and police officers stand beside the border fence between Hungary and Serbia near Roszke, 180 kms southeast from Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Sept.14, 2015. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)
Hungarian police officers guard the area as a rail wagon prepared with barbwire arrives to seal the border fence between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Hungary are set to introduce much harsher border controls at midnight — laws that would send smugglers to prison and deport migrants who cut under Hungary's new razor-wire border fence. The country's leader was emphatically clear that they were designed to keep the migrants out. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Migrants arrive at the border line between Serbia and Hungary near Roszke, southern Hungary, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and others are still making their way slowly across Europe, seeking shelter where they can, taking a bus or a train where one is available, walking where it isn't. The latest string of walkers made their way Friday from the Hungarian border across Austria toward the capital, Vienna. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Syrian refugee Raed Alabdou, 24, holds his one-month old daughter Roa'a, while he and his wife hide in a field not to be seen by Hungarian policemen, after they crossed the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. EU officials and human rights groups say they've been disappointed by the animosity toward asylum-seekers in countries from which hundreds of thousands of people fled communist dictatorships just decades ago. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
ROSZKE, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 14: Hundreds of migrants are packed on a train at Roszke train station destined for the Austrian border after the hungarian authorities closed the open railway track crossing today on September 14, 2015 in Roszke, Hungary. Hungary implements new laws to administer the influx of migrants and become enforceable tonight. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called 'Balkans route' has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A Syrian refugee child is held by his mother as they wait to get on a bus that will take them to a center for asylum seekers, after crossing the border between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, early Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Young children eat milk powder as they wait for a bus in a temporary holding center for migrants near the border between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. At least four countries Friday firmly rejected a European Union plan to impose refugee quotas to ease a worsening migrant crisis that Germany's foreign minister said was "probably the biggest challenge" in the history of the 28-nation bloc. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Migrants wait to board a train heading to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Hungary is set to introduce much harsher border controls at midnight — laws that would send smugglers to prison and deport migrants who cut under Hungary's new razor-wire border fence. The country's leader was emphatically clear that they were designed to keep the migrants out. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Hungarian police officers secure the bus that will take migrants near the border line between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Hungarian authorities on Tuesday began busing weary migrants to a nearby registration center, defusing some tensions at Hungary's southern border with Serbia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Hungarian police officers stop a group of migrants near a temporary holding center for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Hungarian police stood by as thousands of migrants hopped cross-border trains Sunday into Austria, taking advantage of Hungary's surprise decision to stop screening international train travelers for travel visas, a get-tough measure that the country had launched only days before to block their path to asylum in Western Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this image taken from TV a Hungarian camerawoman, center left in blue, kicks out at a young migrant who had just crossed the border from Serbia near Roszke Hungary Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015. The camerawoman has been fired after she was caught on video kicking and tripping migrants entering Hungary across the border with Serbia. The N1TV Internet channel said their employee, widely identified in Hungarian media as Petra Laszlo, has been dismissed because she "behaved unacceptably" at a makeshift gathering point where police take migrants immediately after they enter Hungary near the village of Roszke.(Index.Hu. via AP) HUNGARY OUT
A young migrant boy clowns as he crosses the hungarian-serbian border with his family near Roszke, southern Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Migrants anxious to pass through Hungary towards central Europe are making their way on foot at Hungary's southern border with Serbia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Hungarian police officers stop a group of migrants near a makeshift camp for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Leaders of the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that Hungary faces a bigger wave of 42,000 asylum seekers in the next 10 days and will need international help to provide shelter on its border, where newcomers already are complaining bitterly about being left to sleep in frigid fields. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A handicapped man arrives a temporary holding center for asylum seekers near the border line between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Leaders of the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that Hungary faces a bigger wave of 42,000 asylum seekers in the next 10 days and will need international help to provide shelter on its border, where newcomers already are complaining bitterly about being left to sleep in frigid fields. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 08: A young Syrian boy cries as his father attempts to convince Hungarian police to allow his entire family to cross a police line for a train bound for Vienna, Austria at the Keleti railway station on September 8, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Migrants in Budapest are concerned that governments will soon close or severely limit continued travel access to Austria and Germany. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called 'Balkans route' has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Migrants run over a field as their crowd broke out of at collection point near Roszke village at the Hungarian-Serbian border on September 9, 2015. Some 400-500 migrants on Wednesday broke through police lines in Hungary near the main crossing point from Serbia. AFP PHOTO / CSABA SEGESVARI (Photo credit should read CSABA SEGESVARI/AFP/Getty Images)
A young girl plays with an umbrella in a temporary holding center for migrants, near the Hungarian border with Serbia, in Roszke, southern Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Leaders of the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that Hungary faces a bigger wave of migrants in the next few days and will need international help to provide aid and shelter on its border.(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
ROSZKE, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 09: Migrants climb over fences after running from a collection point that had been set up to transport people to camps on September 9, 2015 in Morahalom, Hungary. People became impatient at the lack of imformation, facilities and transport to the camps and decided to storm past police lines making their way in all directions. Thousands of migrants have continued to cross into Hungary over the last few days from Serbia. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called 'Balkans route' has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
People wake up in a camp at the border line between Serbia and Hungary near Roszke, southern Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Migrants anxious to pass through Hungary towards central Europe are making their way on foot at Hungary's southern border with Serbia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People wait in line to board buses organized by the Austrian government in Hegyeshalom, Hungary, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The Austrian authorities have organized a free bus service for migrants and refugees reaching the Hungarian border town of Hegyeshalom, with the buses transporting people to the Austrian border with Germany. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
MORAHALOM, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 08: Men sleep in a field at a collection point as they wait for buses to take them to a refugee camp at dawn on September 8, 2015 in Morahalom, Hungary. Thousands of migrants have continued to cross into Hungary over the last few days from Serbia. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called 'Balkans route' has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A woman pushes a stroller as she walks on the highway close to Roszke, Hungary, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Several hundred Arabs, Asians and Africans tired of waiting for buses broke through Hungarian police lines near the Serbian border Monday and marched north on the main highway towards Budapest as authorities once again demonstrated an inability to control the human tide passing through Hungary. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
A girl wears sunglasses that read "Justin Bieber" as she sleeps in a temporary holding camp close to the Hungarian border with Serbia in Roszke, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he wants to speed up construction of a fence meant to stop migrants on the southern border with Serbia, a project which has missed two previous deadlines. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 04: Hundreds of migrants walk toward Austria border after leaving the transit zone of the Budapest main railway station Keleti, on September 04, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Hundreds of migrants broke out of a Hungarian border camp on Friday and others set off on foot from Budapest as authorities scrambled to contain a migrant crisis that has brought Europe's asylum system to breaking point. (Photo by Mehmet Yilmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 04: Hundreds of migrants walk toward Austria border after leaving the transit zone of the Budapest main railway station Keleti, on September 04, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Hundreds of migrants broke out of a Hungarian border camp on Friday and others set off on foot from Budapest as authorities scrambled to contain a migrant crisis that has brought Europe's asylum system to breaking point. (Photo by Mehmet Yilmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 04: Hundreds of migrants walk toward Austria border after leaving the transit zone of the Budapest main railway station Keleti, on September 04, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Hundreds of migrants broke out of a Hungarian border camp on Friday and others set off on foot from Budapest as authorities scrambled to contain a migrant crisis that has brought Europe's asylum system to breaking point. (Photo by Mehmet Yilmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, Sept. 3, 2015 -- Refugees jostle to get on a train heading to Austria at the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 3, 2015. Hungarian police stopped a train on Thursday on its way to the Hungary-Austria border, and tried to transfer all refugees on board to refugee reception sites. European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday European countries needed to do more in dealing with the migration crisis. (Xinhua/Attila Volgyi via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, Sept. 3, 2015-- Refugees sit on the edge of the platform, waiting to board a train, at the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 3, 2015. Hungarian police stopped a train on Thursday on its way to the Hungary-Austria border, and tried to transfer all refugees on board to refugee reception sites. European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday European countries needed to do more in dealing with the migration crisis. (Xinhua/Attila Volgyi via Getty Images)
Migrants are silhouetted as they walk out of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Over 150,000 people seeking to enter Europe have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia, and many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Migrants walk along the Hegyalja Street in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Several thousand migrants left the Keleti railway station in Budapest this afternoon heading for Germany on foot. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP) )
A man shouts during a protest at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Serbia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Hundreds of migrants frustrated at being stuck at two train stations in Hungary set off on foot for Austria on Friday, one group forming a line nearly a half-mile long as they streamed out of Budapest, the other breaking out of a train near a migrant reception center and then running toward the West after overwhelming police. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
A fight breaks out between a group of Syrians and Hungarian nationalists in front of the Keleti train station in Budapest, Serbia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Minor skirmishes broke out at the Keleti train station Friday, where hundreds of migrants and refugees camp. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
Migrants walk along the Budaorsi Street in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Several hundred migrants left the Keleti Railway Station this afternoon heading for Germany on foot. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)
A young boy holds on to a fence outside of a train that was stopped in Bicske, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Migrants walk on the Rakoczi road in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Several thousand migrants left the Keleti railway station in Budapest this afternoon heading for Germany on foot. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP) )
Asylum seekers sleep at Keleti underground railway station in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Over 150,000 people seeking to enter Europe have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia, and many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Migrants gather outside the closed Eastern Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after they were not allowed to board trains bound for Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)
Migrants sit in front of the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest on September 2, 2015. Hungarian authorities face mounting anger from thousands of migrants who are unable to board trains to western European countries after the main Budapest station was closed. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrant holds a sign reading 'We are under siege' as he sits with other migrants in front of the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest on September 2, 2015. Hungarian authorities face mounting anger from thousands of migrants who are unable to board trains to western European countries after the main Budapest station was closed. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Hungarian police officers surround a group of Syrian migrants on the platform of the Kobanya-Kispest station, Budapest suburb, on September 2, 2015, as the refugees refused to board a train to the Debrecen camp. Hungarian authorities face mounting anger from thousands of migrants who are unable to board trains to western European countries after the main Budapest station was closed. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
A right wing protester is detained by Hungarian policemen as hundreds of migrants wait in front of the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after police stopped them from getting on trains to Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Many migrants, who couldn't understand either language and were receiving no advice from Hungarian officials, piled aboard in a standing-room-only crush and hoped for the best. Instead, the train soon stopped northwest of Budapest in the town of Bicske, where dozens of riot police stood waiting to escort the human cargo to one of the country's major camps for asylum seekers — an overcrowded, open-door facility that many of the migrants already had left days before.

Disappointed migrants started chanting "No camp!" in Arabic, some tried to flee on foot down the tracks, and one family sat down beside the tracks and appealed to journalists for help. When police told the media to move off the tracks and the family to move inside, the husband in apparent desperation lost emotional control. He threw his own wife and infant child onto the tracks, sat down beside them and started hitting himself in the head as he bemoaned Hungary's unwillingness to let them travel west.

Police in helmets and body armor surrounded the prone family and lifted the man off of his wife and child. Officers handcuffed him as he whimpered, his chest down on the pavement, and carried him away. The woman and infant were escorted off the tracks but not detained.

Other migrants scuffled with police and forced their way back on to the train's carriages, where an hours-long standoff in the sweltering sun began. Police delivered water to the migrants, but many tossed the bottles back, expressing fears that police might have drugged the water and wanted to sedate them.

The question of how to defuse the human gridlock in Hungary was being hotly debated Thursday in Brussels at a meeting between European Union leaders and Hungary's anti-immigrant prime minister, Viktor Orban. Hungary, which for months had done little to prevent asylum applicants from heading west, now says it won't let more migrants deeper into Europe.

"We Hungarians are full of fear. People in Europe are full of fear, because we see that European leaders, among them the prime ministers, are not capable of controlling the situation," Orban said.

Orban principally blamed Germany as he confirmed his government's plan to send at least 3,000 troops to Hungary's southern border with Serbia, where police patrols, razor-wire coils and a 13-foot (4-meter) fence already seek to deter new arrivals. Orban's top aide, Janos Lazar, said 160,000 migrants had reached Hungary this year, nearly 90,000 of them since July 6.

Orban said Hungary's problem with migrants was really "a German problem. Nobody would like to stay in Hungary. All of them would like to go to Germany."

He vowed that Hungary would defend its borders by fingerprinting, photographing and screening all migrants that cross into its territory. Once the proposed measures are passed in parliament, he said, migrants and smugglers alike would be warned of what was to come.

Hungary's parliament is expected to vote on Orban's security and immigration reform measures Friday.

Lazar urged Germany to help ease the situation at the Keleti train station, where an estimated 3,000 people have camped for days. Conditions have grown increasingly squalid despite the efforts of volunteers distributing water, food, medicine and disinfectants.

On Thursday, an AP reporter saw one infant boy beside his sleeping parents crawling onto the pavement to eat breadcrumbs from the floor. Nearby, an unattended toddler walked to a pile of garbage, picking at discarded wrappers in search of candy.

"We would like Germany, where the migrants want to go, to pull its own weight," Lazar said, suggesting the migrants go to the German Embassy in Budapest and apply for a German entry visa.

"We believe this is primarily an immigration crisis, not a refugee crisis, and in this situation Europe can't renounce defending its borders," Lazar told reporters in Parliament.

On Wednesday, migrants had threatened to walk the 105 miles (170 kilometers) to the Austrian border if police wouldn't let them board trains to their desired destinations in Austria and Germany.

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Associated Press reporters Bela Szandelszky in Budapest, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Petr Josek in Bicske, Hungary, contributed to this report.

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