“We are taking the threat of terrorism and the people’s security seriously, and accordingly the Government and the National Security Cabinet have decided that beginning on Thursday the Counter Terrorism Centre (TEK) and military police units from the Hungarian Defence Force will be reinforcing the protection of Christmas fairs”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said at a press conference in Budapest on Thursday.

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At a press conference at the Christmas fair on Vörösmarthy Square in Budapest city centre, György Bakondi told reporters: the Cabinet reviewed security measures following the Strasbourg attack and decided on reinforcing the protection of the fairs, while maintaining that the threat of terrorism in Hungary obviously does not reach the same level as may be experienced in Strasbourg of throughout Western Europe.

“The situation required stricter measures, and these measures have been introduced in the interests of public safety and maintaining the strong position of domestic security”, he noted, adding: “The Government is ready to defend the people of Hungary”.

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At the press conference, Parliamentary State Secretary Károly Kontrát from the Ministry of Interior highlighted: “The security of the Hungarian people comes first for the Government”.

He told the press that Christmas fairs are being held at 160 locations throughout the country, and in the interests of protecting these the TEK is cooperating with military police.

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Parliamentary State Secretary Szilárd Németh from the Ministry of Defence said four pairs of patrol officers are involved in these activities in Budapest, while two pairs of military patrol officers will be assisting the work of police in Győr, Székesfehérvár, Kaposvár, Debrecen, Szolnok and Hódmezővásárhely until 1 January.

The State Secretary recalled that a terrorist attack occurred on Tuesday in Strasbourg, the perpetrator has not yet been apprehended, and the third victim of the attack died in hospital on Thursday. “The suspect, a French citizen of Algerian descent born in Strasbourg has been under surveillance by the authorities for years”, he added. “The attack is clear proof of the fact that the migration policy based on the integration of migrants who have arrived in Europe is a failure”, the politician added. “The situation is being made even more serious by the UN Global Compact for Migration and the European Parliament’s decision on migrant visas”, he stated. “It is under such conditions that Christmas fairs are being held in every Christian country, and it is the security of these that are under threat in Europe”, he indicated.

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“Hungary is one of Europe’s safest countries ‘because we were not fooled by the migration policy they tried to force onto us’, thanks to which we have succeeded in preserving the country’s security”, he declared.

(MTI)