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Hungary beefs up border with army, warns migrants to stay away

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 01:31

Hungary's parliament authorized the government on Monday to deploy the army to help handle a wave of migrants, granting the military the right to use non-lethal force. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As thousands of migrants and refugees pour through Europe's southern border... Hungary is taking matters into its own hands. Just days after its police clashed with refugees demanding entrance, the country's parliament has passed a law to deploy the army. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER, VIKTOR ORBAN, SAYING: "We can defend the Serbian border stretch, and we can defend the Croatian stretch but to do that we need the army to patrol together with the police, if we get the authorisation to use the military too then we can also defend the Croatian and Slovenian borders." The law gives the army the right to use rubber bullets, pryotechnical devices, tear gas and net guns against migrants. Hungary lies in the path of the largest migration wave Europe has seen since World War Two. The country has built a fence on the Serbian border to deter those crossing there, but instead the migrants are now crossing into Hungary via Croatia. Marta Pardavi of the human rights organization Hungarian Helsinki Committee calls the law unnecessary. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATION HUNGARIAN HELSINKI COMMITTEE MARTA PARDAVI SAYING: "Hungary is not in war, Hungary is not at war with refugees. There is not armed conflict neither at the Hungarian border nor in country." The law comes as members of the European Union prepare for a meeting Tuesday to find a solution to the crisis...

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Hungary beefs up border with army, warns migrants to stay away

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 01:31