Socialists Disappointed With Govt’s Terrorist Threat Amendment

  • 7 Apr 2016 9:00 AM
Socialists Disappointed With Govt’s Terrorist Threat Amendment
The opposition Socialist Party expressed disappointment with the government’s proposed constitutional amendment with regard to a cited risk of terrorist activities, which is up for discussion at a five-party meeting on Friday. The amendment is the same as an earlier proposal, which “provoked nationwide uproar”, lawmakers of the party said in a statement, and added that there was “no point” to discussing the same proposal again.

The meeting was called to discuss how the Hungarian Military could vouch for the security of residents if a terrorist emergency was declared.

Zsolt Molnár, the Socialist head of parliament’s national security committee, and Tamás Harangozó, deputy head of the defence committee, repeated their party’s earlier concerns that the government was seeking power to declare a “state of war” in case of a “terrorist threat” which is not clearly defined in the proposal.

If the bill is passed into law, the government could bypass parliament and “drastically restrict freedom rights”, control the electronic media, telephone and internet services for up to 60 days. The proposal seeks to help ruling Fidesz to “unbridled power” with no parliamentary control, the statement said.

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