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Orbán: The government needs tools to protect Hungary

There is clear evidence that the threat of terrorism has increased in Hungary, and to prevent terrorist attacks from happening the government needs tools, such as its recently proposed changes to the Fundamental Law (constitution) to allow the government to declare a “state of terror emergency”, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on the radio this morning.

Hungaryʼs Prime Minister Viktor Orbán arrives at the studio of state-owned Kossuth radio this morning. (Photo: MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák)

During his fortnightly interview with state-owned Kossuth radio, the prime minister said that every country is undergoing legal and constitutional amendments to give the government the means to help prevent terror acts from happening, according to reports.

Orbán said that “a wolf will never become a vegetarian” in reference to the opposition partiesʼ reluctance to accept the ruling partyʼs approach to changing Hungary’s Fundamental Law.

The Hungarian government is planning to amend the Fundamental Law to allow the government to declare a “state of terror emergency”, under which authorities could temporarily suspend and overwrite laws, assign the military with tasks normally carried out by police, control the media, seize property, introduce curfews, ration consumables, close borders, and take other actions that are normally illegal.

Orbán said this morning that Hungary is considered safe because it does not allow “migrants” to enter the country, but the terror threat is something that affects all of Europe.