The Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, believes that the European asylum system has collapsed, and says that Denmark has no intentions of letting migrants who want to go from Germany to Sweden get through.
Parts of the 10,000s of refugees who are coming to Germany from the east are trying to get further north via Denmark to Sweden. But that will not the Danish government allow.
- We have international obligations to process applications for asylum seekers coming to the Danish border, says Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
But the prime minister also points out that talks are underway with neighboring countries about how the situation should be handled.
- We have initiated discussions with the Swedish government.
Løkke Rasmussen said at a press conference that he has called all Danish party leaders for talks later in the afternoon. The Prime Minister has also enabled NOST (National Operational Staff), a kind of emergency operation of the Danish preparedness.
Earlier today a large group of refugees began walking on foot from the Rødby hotel where they had been quartered since yesterday.
They do not want to apply for asylum in Denmark, but want to go to Sweden.
But Danish police will not let them out of sight.
Police Inspector Kim Kliver says to the news agency Ritzau that the police will follow the refugees who are now walking towards Sweden.
- They have a perception that they can decide for themselves where they want to go, but we will get a handle on that, he says.
In addition, the police has stopped a train with migrants on the way from Hamburg to Copenhagen, in Rødby. The train should have arrived at 12:13, but Kliver can not say when the train will be released.
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