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Fidesz mayors propose locking up homeless

MPs of the governing Fidesz party submitted an amendment that would make living in public places punishable by incarceration or HUF 150,000 in fines in case of repeat offenders.

The 12 reps, all of them mayors of Budapest districts, would make the provision applicable to anyone found to be living in public or storing property in public that is meant to serve as home furniture more than once over the course of six months.

The MPs argue that making the pertinent regulations more strict is necessary, since the earlier rules make living in public only a misdemeanor punishable by a fine, which had no deterrent effect whatsoever.