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MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: There have been more scenes of desperation and protest in Hungary as a train load of migrants who thought they were heading for Germany refused to disembark.

Police tried to force them into a registration camp just a few kilometres into their journey from Budapest.

That standoff continues and there are continuing demonstrations outside the main Budapest train station as many more people demand onward passage to the preferred destination, Germany.

At the same time, the photo of the toddler who drowned along with his brother and mother off Turkey has shocked and galvanized public opinion.

Europe correspondent, Philip Williams reports.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: It was the image of a drowned toddler that went around the world. The thousands who died before him could not galvanize public opinion as this did.

Aylan Kurdi, his five year old brother Galip and mother Rehan, were amongst 12 Syrians who died in rough seas trying to cross from Turkey to Kos in Greece. Only their father, Abdullah Kurdi, survived.

Today he described losing his entire family.

"My children were the most beautiful children in the world," he said.

"Is there anybody in the world for whom their child is not the most precious thing? My kids were amazing. They woke me every day to play with me. What could be more beautiful than this?"

"Everything is gone. I want to sit next to the grave of my family now and relieve the pain I feel".

The family had fled Syria after Islamic State fighters took control of their city. Relatives in Canada had lobbied to allow them to travel there but that had been denied and now all but one was dead.

PROTESTERS CHANTING: Let's go Germany. Let's go Germany. Let's go Germany.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: In Hungary, police were in a standoff with migrants who finally made it onto a train they thought was bound for Germany - this after days of exclusion from the main Budapest railway station.

But just a few kilometres into the journey, the train stopped at Biske. Instead of leaving Hungary police tried to force the migrants off the train and take them to a camp to be documented according to EU rules.

There were clashes as the migrants refused to leave the train.

MIGRANT MAN: We are not animals, we are not criminal. We have right to cross this border. We are going to Germany.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: The Hungarian prime minister said he didn't want large numbers of Muslims staying in his country. He blames Germany for offering protection for up to 800,000 asylum seekers.

VIKTOR OBAN: You know, the problem is not a European problem. The problem is a German problem. Nobody would like to stay in Hungary. All of them would like to go to Germany. Our job is only to register them so if the German chancellor insist on that nobody can leave Hungary without registration to go to Germany, we will register them. It's a must.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: All European governments are scrambling for workable and long term solutions but the pressure has been on all leaders to do more, accept more refugees including Britain's David Cameron who appeared to be on the defensive.

DAVID CAMERON: I would say the people responsible for these terrible scenes we see, the people most responsible are president Assad in Syria and the butchers of ISIL and the criminal gangs that are running this terrible trade in people and we have to be as tough on them at the same time.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: But blame does not give shelter to the homeless, protection for the vulnerable. The needs are here and now, and growing by the hour and so far Europe doesn't seem to have an answer .

This is Philip Williams reporting for AM.