A recent incident involving Denmark’s immigration minister having to be rescued by police and security personnel from a crowd of angry migrants at a deportation centre is a clear example of how migrants often resort to violence, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference, Péter Szijjártó said the incident reminded him of clashes between Hungarian police and a group of migrants on the southern border near Röszke in September 2015. He added, at the same time, that the incident at the Hungarian border had more serious consequences than the Danish one because it left some Hungarian police officers injured.
Szijjártó said the tendency of migrants to use violence should not be ignored. MEPs should study footage of incidents such as the Danish one when they distribute illegal migrants among member states without an upper limit or security screenings, he added.
The Hungarian government does not want to see similar incidents happen in Hungary, Szijjártó said.
“The government doesn’t want to let these aggressive people into Hungary or Europe. It finally has to be made clear that people who come to Europe must respect our rules,” he said. “We are not going to be the ones to live by the rules of those who come here; they are going to have to live by ours.”
Meanwhile, on the topic of the so-called Paradise Papers, a fresh leak of tax-haven documents,
Szijjártó said Hungary’s ambassador to Switzerland, István Nagy, had relinquished the position referenced in the documents long before he was appointed ambassador.
He also said Hungary’s Eximbank had no involvement in offshore activity. The bank granted a company a loan for an export transaction. It invited a tender for the handling of the transaction’s legal aspects and awarded the contract to consultancy firm Deloitte. The company employed a subcontractor in the project whose background landed Eximbank on the list of players named in the Paradise Papers, Szijjártó said.
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