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Szijjártó: International media ‘not correct’ to Hungary

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The international media has “not been correct” to Hungary in its coverage of the country’s actions in the current refugee crisis, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said yesterday in an interview with BBC’s Hardtalk.

In response to a question from the interviewer regarding Hungary’s “humanity”, in particular the riot at Röszke, where Hungarian police used tear gas and water cannons against rioting refugees, Szijjártó said this:

“It is not correct what you have been doing currently, because... and it is not correct what the international media has done to Hungary in this respect, because neither you neither anyone else, neither those Western politicians who put critics on Hungary because of that no one spoke about whether is it normal that there are migrants who attack the Hungarian police for hours, throwing stones and pieces of concrete on the Hungarian policemen from a territory of another country to Hungary, is that normal? Do you think it’s acceptable? Do you think that these are innocent people, who used to attack the Hungarian police for hours throwing stones and pieces of concrete, injuring fourteen Hungarian police person? No one speaks about that and this is just not correct.” (sic)

Szijjártó argued that the Hungarian police only used tear gas and water cannons after refugees began attacking them “for hours”, adding that "the only thing that comes into reports is that they used tear gas, but none of you say why they did so. I think it is very incorrect to Hungary.”

He also sought to clarify the designation of those arriving to Hungary en masse, saying: "It’s not a refugee issue, it’s a mass migration with an unlimited resource of supply of people”.

Earlier the foreign minister told Hungarian weekly Figyelő that a “very tendentious media campaign is currently targeting Hungary.”

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