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Report: Hungarian Police give orders to army

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LaMography / Moni Lazar

As of today, the Hungarian Police will patrol the border at Röszke with the assistance of the Hungarian Army, in an arrangement created by new border laws that makes police responsible for executing orders and using “enforcement tools”, Hungarian online daily Origo.hu reported today, citing Minister of Defense István Simicskó and Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér.

(Photo: LaMography/Moni Lazar)

The daily says that in practice this means that the police can give orders to the army, and soldiers are only allowed to refuse orders if they believe they are not in compliance with the law. The daily added that police are in charge of operations at the border, while the army is responsible for maintaining safety. Soldiers can only act individually if there are no police officers present and the situation requires immediate intervention.

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