The causes behind the closure of the borders at Nickelsdorf on Saturday were undoubtedly diplomatic – claim our Austrian sources.
|Ferenc Hajba||Original article: “A menekülteket egyszer csapta be Orbán, többször nem engedték”.|
|Publication: nol.hu||Date: 2015.09.05 20:45|
Police directed the refugees walking on motorway M1 towards Austria off the road in order to avoid accidents. Despite this, the border at Nickelsdorf (Hegyeshalom) was closed, almost as if in protest. An enormous traffic jam formed at the Western main gate of the country.
According to his own statement Saturday morning, Janos Lazar did not know the reason for this. He only said that talks were taking place about why Austria had closed its border.
Later the following explanation was provided: since the soldiers serving on the border did not get clear orders from the federal government, they did not know what to do. This is why they kept the borders closed, thereby causing a 10-30 kilometres-long traffic jam. This explanation would be disingenuous even in the case of a disorganised country, not to mention Austria.
According to our sources, the Austrians denied access to the passengers because of debates taking place in the background between Austria and Hungary concerning the border. This could not halt the migrants [sic! – refugees] since they were crossing into Austria through the green border, but it caused great annoyance to Hungarian drivers – as well as to drivers of other nationalities, naturally.
It is common knowledge that when it comes to the refugees, the relationship between Orban and his Austrian colleague is chilly. The political enmities are visible even on a mayoral level: some leaders of Austrian villages near the border came before the Syrian refugees to Hungary, offering them gifts and travel directions.
The refugees approached the border on the old number 1 motor-road and through a road leading through Szigetkoz [territory in the Danube’s vicinity – transl]. Increasingly more helpers were joining them, some even from Slovakia. Most groups had police escort traveling on a motorcycle.
Refugees arriving from the Vamosszabadi camp did not know where to sleep in the evening hours, but their helpers discovered several possibilities for them. A man on a bicycle from Szigetkoz asked an interpreter to tell the Syrians coming from Bicske: they are people of resolve.
“They were fooled once by Orban with the trains, but they did not let him do it again. We cowardly Hungarians have been enduring this for how long?” He also added that as a former Jewish deportee he was deeply affected by hearing that people were deceived with lies about the destination of a train, just like the Jews had been deceived in days of old.
“This is a stark example,” he softened his tone. “But someone who had been taken to a concentration camp in this way, even if he survived it, should be allowed to use such strong words.”
A volunteer brings translations of German papers that use unusually harsh words for Orbán and his policy, describing it as unpresentable.
The refugees are more concerned about whether they can count on the Austrians. Based on Facebook comments, they are hopeful.
“If only my daughter were not feverish,” cradles a woman her child. The doctor working among the volunteers proceeds to examine her.
They thank him gratefully. They don’t understand that somebody from the car that drives by shouts “Shoot’em all! Primitive apes, get lost from this civilized country.”