July 12th, 2017

Democratic Coalition questions decision to deploy army for FINA Championships

The Democratic Coalition (DK) party has said it opposes the government’s decision to deploy soldiers to secure sites at the FINA World Aquatics Championships this month. The party’s deputy leader, Ágnes Vadai, in a statement on Tuesday referred to the decree published in the official government gazette relating to security provision for the championships between July 13 and July 30.

“If Hungarian soldiers are tasked with carrying out such duties, then what are the police and counter terrorism force for?” Vadai said. She said it was unusual and “not at all typical in a democracy” to assign the armed forces to protect sporting events. “The Hungarian army suffers a staff shortage and is overburdened; soon it won’t be able to perform its basic duties,” Vadai said, adding that this would endanger Hungary’s security.

Visit www.hungarymatters.hu to receive Hungarian news agency MTI’s twice-daily newsletter.
Please note that due to a large volume of trolling and false abuse flags, we are currently only accepting comments from logged-in users.
All content © 2004-2015 The All Hungary Media Group. Articles, comments and other information on the All Hungary Media Group's network of sites are provided "as is" without guarantees, warranties, or representations of any kind, and the opinions and views expressed in such articles and columns are not necessarily those of the All Hungary Media Group.