George W Bush has reiterated his wish to close the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But the US President repeated his plan was to wait for a legal ruling on how to deal with the detainees. EU representatives demanded that Bush close the camp during the course of the EU-US summit in Vienna.
However, his declaration did nothing to appease these demonstrators gathered outside. The next stop was Hungary, where Bush arrived with his wife Laura last night. As in Vienna, tight security measures were put into place in and around the capital. Bush will lay a wreath in memory of the 2,500 protestors killed during the 1956 uprising. When the revolt was crushed, hundreds of thousands fled Hungary, many ending up in the United States.
Back in Austria, the demonstrations continued well into the evening. An estimated 10,000 protestors took to the streets to protest against a whole raft of measures, from the war in Iraq to the closure of the camp at Guantanamo. Chanting anti-US slogans, they made their way through the city, although Air Force One was already on its way to Hungary.