Hungary calls in the Army: Soldiers given shock powers to use rubber bullets on migrants
CHAOS has erupted in Hungary after thousands of army soldiers assembled at the Hungarian borders as the Government gave them power to use rubber bullets and tear gas on migrants.
The 3,800 troops descended on Hungary’s border with Serbia this morning to provide live border guards.
Prisonsers have been drafted in to build 10km of fencing every day.
Tough new powers have been issued by the Hungarian government to deal with the growing migrant crisis amid fears the country could be hit by terror attacks linked to the influx of refugees.
It will see the army being called in to deal with border checks and soldiers given the right to use a host of weapons against migrants.
That will assist the police who will also be given new rights to fight people smugglers including entering homes without official authority and collecting information from abroad.
Migrants fearful of the army using force, today stormed past police and began walking on the motorway to Vienna.
Austria was forced to close part of the A4 motorway near the Hungarian border as an estimated 1,000 people rushed through police cordons to make the 40-mile trip on foot as the country’s railway company OeBB stopped its services to and from Hungary due to overcrowding.
members of the Austrian Army set up tents in Nickelsdorf, Austria
Vehicles of the Hungarian army arrive at the collection point near Roszke
The extreme law comes in as Janos Lazar, chief of cabinet to the prime minister, Viktor Orban, says that the possibility of terrorism is growing in Hungary, which has been under-siege from refugees in recent weeks.
Soldiers will be allowed to use rubber bullets, tear gas grenades, crowd-dissolving weapons and even arms that can harm the human body, deputy leader of the Fidesz party, Gergely Gulyas, announced.
Istvan Simicsko, Hungary’s Home Defence Minister, told Hungary’s popular breakfast show Mokka: “I promised the Prime Minister that I will speed up this process and I will work day and night to finish the fence.”
Police forces try to control the crowd as migrants wait to board busses
The Hungarian army has supported the building of the country’s fences with Serbia
The activity of organised criminal groups and the possibility of terrorist attacks are both growing
Soldiers are now undergoing training to prepare them for action, while a recruitment drive is beginning to swell the force to 8,000 troops.
Mr Simicsko said: “Because the fence itself is not enough, we will need life guard too. They will have to maintain the peaceful situation and make sure that everyone is following the rules and law.
“They will have weapons, but they can only use it, if their own or a civil person’s life is in immediate danger. They will always have to follow the principle of proportion.”
The law states they must not takes lives unless “in the case of an attack that seriously jeopardises the life or the physical safety of people”.
A young girl finds the energy to run towards waiting buses at the Hungarian border with Serbia
Thousands of people have been forced into camps but are refusing to be registered in Hungary, saying they want to travel on elsewhere in the EU.
Shocking footage has emerged of migrants being thrown bags of food at a Hungarian camp.
An Austrian woman who filmed the video claimed the migrants were being treated like “animals”.
The emergency director of Human Rights Watch said the migrants were being held like “cattle in pens”.
The army will guard the border with Serbia at the Hungarian town of Roszke, and will be allowed to stop cars, close territories and carry out arrests.
It will come as major assistance to an already stretched police force, trying to slow the influx of migrants to the country.
The hardline Hungarian government has to ratify the law next week, but it is seen as a foregone conclusion after parliament overwhelmingly passed the legislation.
Mr Simicsko added: “I think there’s a huge weight on Hungary, and the Hungarian government does everything to deal with the situation and it does it using its own budget.
“A common European solution would be essential, also it would be essential to deal with the root of the problem at those places where the immigrants are fleeing from. Also it would be important to inform these immigrants because a lot of them are misled.
“We don’t know how many millions are coming, so we should make these actions to protect the Hungarian people. And we will do this and we will guarantee the protection of the Hungarian borders.”
The Ministry Of Home Affairs has suggested the government declares the migrant situation an “immigration crisis” in Hungary after fears of terrorists infiltrating the country, Mr Lazar said.
He added: “The cabinet is going to make its decision next Tuesday.
“The cabinet of national security receives information that the activity of organised criminal groups and the possibility of terrorist attacks are both growing.
“The border lockdown should be finished by September 15 at Roszke, even on the railway.”
Migrants walk toward the Hungary -Austrian border