Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán reported that the temporary technical closing of the border gets further elements and a 60 metres wide part near the border at Ásotthalom was appointed as area under construction, as Alfahir.hu writes.
According to the site, the construction has begun and currently a road is being built which is said to be between the soon-to-be fences and the already implemented ones. The area was full of workers and machines but numerous police officers and soldiers were there as well ensuring the strict control.
Ásotthalom seemed to have been a popular destination for the people crossing the borders, especially because it is pretty much in the middle of the line between Szabadka and Szeged, moreover, unlike the neighbouring areas, Ásotthalom has a huge wooded area.
And that meant that the migrants had to make a relatively small journey through visible areas, after which they could hide in the forest where it was rather impossible to notice them. However, the fences and the changing of the international situation both changed these circumstances, thus, far less people can cross the borders and even those who eventually manage to do so have a much more difficult job at it.
The implementation of the new fences serves the aim of providing further obstacles in case huge crowd would arrive to the border again: their way would be much more difficult especially as motion sensors and quick roads ensure the authorities can get there really fast without problems. László Toroczkai, mayor of Ásotthalom told the site he agreed with the expansion, the building of further fences; he already had suggested the implementation of a serious defence system back in 2014.
Also, he mentioned that the newly-built road is designed to be easily picked-up, theoretically in order to serve environmental friendly purposes, though, the mayor claimed that the closing might not be temporary but live on for hundreds of years to provide protection from invasion. Aside agreeing with the implementation, he was dissatisfied with the presence of policemen there, for he demanded the restoration of professional and soldier-like border guards.
According to him, locals would make up the border patrol, and thus, the accommodation would not cause any problem nor cost any money, they are familiar with the area and they are also really motivated. Toroczkai also claimed that the government does not restore the guard only because it was suggested by Jobbik, to which party he belongs.
See below the gallery showing the photos of the current status of the closing of the border in the south of Hungary.
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