Opposition slams goverment’s ‘anti-homeless’ measures

Referring to Human Rights Day to be marked on Monday, the opposition Párbeszéd party vowed to continue its protest against government measures outlawing sleeping rough.

The party’s co-leader, Tímea Szabó, told a press conference on Sunday that “there’s no reason to celebrate” Human Rights Day in Hungary.

She noted that Párbeszéd, for the fifth year in a row, has been providing support for homeless people instead of the state.

Every weekend between Dec. 10 and the start of spring, party activists distribute hundreds of portions of hot foods to the needy, Szabó noted.

The government, she said, has steadily dismantled the rule of law over the past nine years and driven millions of Hungarian people into a state of poverty. The government fails to help the needy and instead has introduced laws that put homeless people into prison, she insisted.