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Hungary to double border patrol agents

The Hungarian government will double the number of soldiers patrolling the borders “in light of increasing migration pressure”, Szilard Nemeth, state secretary at the defence ministry, told a press conference on Sunday.

Published: January 7, 2020, 7:40 am

    Nemeth addressed an audience at the border police base at Madaras, in south-eastern Hungary, and underscored that last year, the number of illegal entrants had grown almost tenfold, to 3 299.

    He said that the authorities expected that number to grow further. According to Nemeth, Hungarian soldiers had been patrolling the borders with police officers since 2015.

    Lieutenant general Gabor Borondi, deputy commander of the Hungarian Army, said that the number of soldiers in the border control mission would increase from 50 to 100 on Monday.

    With auxiliary staff included, the move will bring the total number to 500, he said. He added that the measure would stay in force “as long as necessary”.

    Fidesz MEP Tamas Deutsch has meanwhile said the key task in 2020 was to stop migration to Europe. Deutsch, the head of the Fidesz-led governing alliance’s group of MEPs in Brussels, told a press conference on Friday that Hungarian voters had tasked the government with preventing further migration to Europe and protecting Europe’s Christian way of life as well as Hungary’s national interests.

    Citing reports of German citizens being threatened by illegal migrants in possession of firecrackers during New Year celebrations, he insisted that unlike the case of mass sexual assaults in Cologne in 2015-2016, Germany’s media had not tried to suppress the reports this time round.

    He said the European Union should introduce a new rule banning the mandatory resettlement of migrants and demanding that the bloc’s external borders be secured. Asylum applications, he added, should be assessed beyond the external border and illegal immigrants returned to their country of origin.

    It was likely the government and Fidesz would come under harsh attack in the debate on such a regulation, Deutsch admitted. Opposition MEPs are encouraging the mounting attacks against Hungary. “Without exception, they … vote against the interests of the Hungarian people,” he said, adding that opposition MEPs had aided efforts in the European Parliament to launch the Article 7 procedure and other punitive measures against Hungary.

    The Sargentini report had been revealed as a “tsunami of lies” during the course of the Article 7 procedure.

    The European Court of Justice, he said, had ruled that processing asylum applications in transit zones did not constitute detention, and a corruption watchdog had said that claims about graft in connection with public procurements had been unfounded. Deutsch called for all parliamentary parties support an amendment ensuring that “totally crazy fake news” were taken down from various Internet sites.

    In reply to a question about Fidesz’s place in the European People’s Party, Deutsch said Fidesz alone would decide which European party family it would belong to.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      Hungary’s border defenses and border police force are top-rate and illegals
      simply cannot get past them. Even if they get past the border fence, they are soon apprehended.. It is good that Hungary is such a bulwark. The effectiveness of Hungary’s defenses has forced the organized criminal syndicates that move illegal migrants to use Croatia to its
      west, and Romania to its east. Some are going through Bosnia and Croatia to avoid Hungary’s
      southern border defenses. Others are now even coming through Hungary from
      Romania,having come through from Turkey via Bulgaria. They are caught, of course, but all this shows that the crime
      syndicates are quite agile and able to adjust their operations to
      changing conditions.

      • uydfguiguidfsgoudysfgiusdfgus

        probably Orban and many right wingers in Europe are stupid cause they keep ties with Russia though US Russia and Iran are responsible for the migrant movements from the war in middle east… these 3 countries spread civil war there and let other countries to deal with the migrants on their own expenses and dept…it is just so obvious here…

        • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

          We’ll differ on this one. The leadership of the former Iron Curtain countries is much closer to reality than those in western Europe. They can see the coming wreck of the EU ship of state, and don’t want to be part of it. The question is how the will be able to jump ship at the right moment.

          • uydfguiguidfsgoudysfgiusdfgus

            i have systematically been attacked and embarrassed by troops of both ships and i really do not care about what they will decide to do each side…

            • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

              Got it. We’ll just have to see what happens.

            • uydfguiguidfsgoudysfgiusdfgus

              i think there is an undeclared civil war with many sides everywhere…

            • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

              I can agree with that!

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