Budapest, May 10 (MTI) – Local police in Körmend, western Hungary, have not taken action against any migrants, regional police chief János Tiborcz told a press conference on Tuesday.
Police launched an investigation after a window of a local secondary school gym was smashed, and residents of a nearby migrant reception centre were reported as being responsible.
Tiborcz said that police had questioned 21 locals, none of whom had actually seen the moment the glass was shattered but said unanimously that nobody had been at risk. The police chief said the damage could have been an accident, and quoted one of the witnesses who had seen migrants enjoying the sun and some of them sitting on the low window sill at the time.
“The gym continues to be safe and functional,” Tiborcz said, adding that the police would patrol the facility. He also said that an investigation was under way and the migrants had not yet been questioned.
Körmend mayor István Bebes condemned a Friday demonstration staged by radical nationalist Jobbik, in which the party demanded closure of the migrant facility, which now hosts 200 people.
“Local residents do not want unnecessary tension,” the mayor said, deriding reports concerning migrants in Körmend as “unfounded and manipulative”.
Last Thursday, government office chief János Lázár said at a regular government press briefing that migrants had harassed female students in Körmend and had broken windows. Soon after, local police said press reports that migrants had committed the offences had not been substantiated.