Hungarian government against refugees

This video says about itself:


15 August 2011

Civil Guard Association for a Better Future” (Hungarian: Szebb Jövőért Polgárőr Egyesület) is a Hungarian militant organisation, sponsored by Jobbik, involved in anti-Roma activities in areas such as the town of Gyöngyöspata in early 2011, where they have been accused of intimidating the Roma population with weapons and dogs.

By Markus Salzmann:

Hungarian government takes action against refugees

25 July 2015

The government of Prime Minister Victor Orban is taking drastic action against refugees in Hungary. In doing so, the government enjoys the support of the European Union and is working hand in hand with ultra-right forces in the country.

Hungary has begun the construction of a fence along its border with Serbia aimed at restricting the flow of refugees into the country. The first 150-meter long section was built near the town of Mórahalom, around 180 kilometers south of Budapest, according to the interior and defense ministries. Construction is to be completed by the end of November. The fence will be 175 kilometers long and 4 meters tall. The construction sites are protected in large part by military forces.

The cost amounts to roughly 6.5 billion Forint (21 million euros). That is approximately ten times as much as Hungary’s current annual expenditures for asylum procedures, refugee housing and border security. Just 2,700 refugees are actually awaiting the outcome of asylum investigations in Hungary. Each year less than 500 are admitted.

According to government figures, currently around 1,000 people cross the Serbian border into Hungary each day. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 80,000 refugees have managed to enter the country this way. Most originate from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Kosovo. They are fleeing from the catastrophic conditions created by the war policies of the United States and European powers.

Human rights organizations criticize the planned fence as part of a “propaganda campaign of the government against immigrants.” But hardly any other European government has spoken out against the plans. On the contrary, Hungary’s interior minister Sándor Pintér has confirmed that Hungary’s rigid policies are entirely in line with those of the European Union. He stressed that no protest had been issued from Brussels against the fence.

The inhumane treatment of refugees is not limited to Hungary. Other EU members proceed with similar ruthlessness. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung last week, German interior minister Thomas de Maizière said it was “absolutely understandable” if people in Germany have “critical questions” about asylum seekers from Kosovo and Albania. That 40 percent of asylum applicants should come from these Balkan states is “a disgrace for Europe and unacceptable,” he said.

The Orban government not only wants to refuse refugees at the border, it also wants to expel them from the cities. A spokesperson for the interior ministry announced that in the future they no longer wanted to have refugees in populated areas. As Orban’s chief of staff János Lázár explained, tent camps should be provided as temporary shelters for them instead. In this way, the local population would “not be disturbed by the crowds of refugees.” One such camp is to be built on the Serbian border.

Orban ranted that asylum seekers are all “economic refugees.” They are “foreign” and would like “to destroy Christian Europe.” Refugees are to be criminalized. It will soon be allowed to lock them up longer than 48 hours.

Orban’s government collaborates closely with fascistic forces. At the beginning of July, neo-Nazis with connections to the ultra-nationalist Jobbik party launched a provocation against refugees and their Hungarian aides at a train station in the border town of Szeged. The police did not intervene to stop them.

The right-wing extremist demonstration against “overrunning hordes from Africa” at the East Train Station was accompanied by the announcement of police measures against refugees. The former Jobbik representative György Gyula Zagyva announced at the demonstration “an array of actions on the border and in refugee camps.” The neo-fascist Jobbik has numerous members in police and intelligence agency circles.

With the building of the border fence and the intensification of the attacks on refugees, the government has adopted the policies of the ultra right. Laszlo Toroczkai, mayor of Asotthalom, a town near Szeged, ordered the building of the border fence a year ago. “I am happy that the government has taken up my idea,” he now says.

Toroczkai had founded the right wing extremist group “64 Burgkomitate” in 2001. This fascistic group advocates the restoration of the pre-World War I borders of Greater Hungary. Toroczkai himself took part in attacks by right wing bands on a Hungarian television station in 2006 and was prohibited from entering three neighboring countries because of his provocative behavior. In 2013, he was elected mayor of a small community near Szeged. He openly advocates threatening and expelling refugees.

In Asotthalom as in other areas of Hungary, fascist militias and the regular police collaborate closely. About 20 militias have been partially armed and sent out in pursuit of refugees. Toroczkai proudly told the press that a vigilante group “surrounded” a group of about 100 refugees spending the night in a park in front of the mayor’s office and watched them “until the police took them away. The collaboration works well.”

The Schweizer Tagesanzeiger reported how the police deal with refugees in Hungary. They bring refugees “into the former prison Nagyfa near Szeged, where they are investigated and registered and receive a provisional identification document.” Then they are released at the Szeged Train Station and have to find their own way to one of the three refugee camps. “Whoever does not succeed at this within two days loses his residence permit. Not all of them travel further into Western Europe. Many are stranded in public squares in front of train stations or under bridges in cities like Szeged or Budapest. This also includes families with small children,” said the newspaper report.

Last week, an immigrant died while fleeing from the police. According to eyewitnesses, the man was staying at a gas station with other refugees. When a police car stopped to take him into custody, he fled onto the highway where he was hit by a truck. His family, including his children, were witness to this scene.

Bee-eater giving butterfly, video

This video is about a bee-eater giving a butterfly to another bee-eater in Hungary.

N. Hoogesteger made the video.

Bee-eaters in the Netherlands: here.

Serbia against Hungarian government’s anti-refugee wall

This video says about itself:

Europe Or Die (Full Documentary)

13 May 2015

Since 2000, more than 27,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe. With an unprecedented number of people breaking through its heavily barricaded borders in 2014, the EU continues to fortify its frontiers.

VICE News presents Europe or Die, a new four-part series that documents the efforts of those risking their lives to reach Europe, and the forces tasked to keep them out.

Episode 1 – Storming Spain‘s Razor-Wire Fence: VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson travels to the border between Morocco and Spain, where West Africans in their thousands storm the razor-wire-clad fences. Many are beaten back by border police or illegally returned.

Episode 2 – Death Boats to Greece: VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson travels to the border between Greece and Turkey, where Syrian and Afghan refugees are paying large sums of money to take “death boats” to Greece, and visits the border between Greece and Turkey to find out what happens to the many migrants who perish while attempting to cross Greece’s dangerous Evros river.

Episode 3 – Trapped In Bulgaria: VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson visits Bulgaria to see Europe’s newest border fence and speaks to Syrians who, because of the EU’s Dublin Regulation, are trapped in one of Europe’s poorest countries.

Episode 4 – Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave: VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson arrives in Italy as the only extensive search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean is replaced with a border surveillance mission, effectively leaving thousands of desperate migrants adrift in the sea.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Serbia‘s Vucic hits out at Hungarian migrant fence

Friday 19th June 2015

SERBIAN President Aleksandar Vucic said he was “shocked and surprised” yesterday by Hungary’s plan to build a border fence against immigrants.

Walls and fences” were not the solution, Mr Vucic said, to the crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa cross the western Balkans, trying to reach the European Union as they flee wars and poverty in their home countries.

“We don’t know what this is all about,” Mr Vukic said. “We are not guilty and all of a sudden a wall is to be built.”

He added: “We don’t want to live in an Auschwitz.”

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto claimed on Wednesday that the 13-foot-high fence along the 109-mile southern border with Serbia would not contravene any of Hungary’s international legal obligations.

But the European Union said it did not promote the use of fences and encouraged its member states to use alternative measures.

“We have only recently taken down walls in Europe. We should not be putting them up,” said EU spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud.

Ms Bertaud is right in this. However, she (or her predecessors in the European Union bureaucracy) should say that as well to the right wing government in Spain, with their razor wire fences wounding immigrants trying to climb them. And this should have been said to the previous government in Greece with their anti-refugee wall along the Turkish border too.

Hungary’s right-wing government has been on an anti-immigrant campaign, claiming that Muslims threaten Europe’s Christians.

Human rights abuses are the key driving factor behind migrant crisis in the Mediterranean: Human Rights Watch: here.

How wars in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe have created an unprecedented refugee crisis: here.

Hungarian regime, back to Berlin wall, concentration camps, death penalty

This video says about itself:

Hungary’s far-right plays with fire – reporter

26 April 2013

“Death to the Jews!” “Auschwitz isn’t this way!” “We’re taking you to a free campsite, with heating!” “No return ticket!”

Slogans like these were heard in the streets of Budapest last year, when the Hungarian capital was invaded by a demonstration by the extreme right.

As police looked on arms folded, one journalist who was filming had his nose broken in five places.

We met up with him six months later. He is still waiting for any charges to be brought, after having filed two complaints against his attackers, and the police.

“I looked over our videos of the past years, when they are shouting for example anti-semitic or anti-gypsy words. In the past it was a bit more covered. But now it’s really direct. It shows maybe it’s more “OK” now to speak directly and to speak with hate,” says Barna Szasz.

This rise in extremism fuelled a record turnout for the ‘March for Life’ in Budapest on April 21st, the traditional march in memory of the more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews who perished in the Holocaust in World War Two.

It is also one of the reasons why the World Jewish Congress’ Plenary session, normally held in Israel, is coming to Budapest this year.

Anti-semitic incidents have risen in the last few months in Hungary, which has Central Europe’s largest Jewish community.

This is on top of a rising number of regular attacks against Roma people. The blame is often laid at the door of the extreme right-wing Jobbik party, the country’s third-largest political force.

One of its leaders made the headlines last winter when he called for a list to be made of members of parliament, the government, and civil service who were Jewish and could represent a threat to national security.

Public outrage followed. He retorted by claiming he was not anti-semitic and was only looking at double nationality issues.

“Any citizen of a country that completely disregards international law and commits genocide 24 hours a day against the Palestinian people means a national security risk anywhere in any country that they go to. This is the reason why Hungarian-Israeli citizenship is of particular interest to us. And also because Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, back in October 2007, talked about my country, Hungary, as the target of Israeli Jewish businessmen and financial people. And this was all in the context of colonisation and building empires,” insisted Marton Gyongyosi.

This is an embarrassment for the Hungarian government, when it is trying to strengthen good relations with Israel.

One journalist, who prefers to remain anonymous, insisted this will not be enough to beat a spreading disease. He is on a list of Hungarian Jewish figures that does the rounds of extreme-right internet hate sites, where he is the subject of frequent attacks.

“The commentaries were extremely aggressive, including the regret that the job of Auschwitz was not finished and things like this. The truth is that my feeling of security has disappeared. Not in everyday life, I’m not afraid on the bus or in the subway. But I’m very uncertain about my future. And I have to tell you that I regard it much more as a European phenomenon,” he said.

For the director of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, Mazsihisz, the country still needs to come to terms with its history before mentalities can change.

“In Germany people are confronted with their past. Not here. There are things that cannot be tackled with laws. The most important thing is for things to be clear in people’s minds. We need to discuss everything from the past. The only thing that can help us is education, educating the young,” said Gusztav Zoltai.

Recent recommendations from the Education Ministry, for example adding authors known for their anti-Semitism during World War Two to the school syllabus, sparked protests.

While in Italy, police violently arrest refugees from war-torn Syria and African countries, the far Right government of Viktor Orbán in Hungary goes even further: NATO member state Hungary is bringing back the Berlin wall against refugees from NATO’s wars in the Middle East and Africa crossing the Hungarian southern border.

Well, Berlin wall … not really. The Orbán regime is planning something bigger: a ‘four-metre-high fence along the length of Hungary’s 175km [110-mile] border with Serbia’. The original wall between East and West Berlin was ‘only’ 140km long and 3.6m high.

Being staunchly anti-comnunist, Viktor Orbán won’t like comparisons to the Berlin wall. He would probably rather compare his construction to George W Bush’s wall along the United States southern border against refugees and other immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America. Or he might like comparisons to how his right-wing colleagues of the Partido Popular in Spain treat immigrants: by transporting ill African refugees in garbage trucks; by shooting at drowning refugees who had tried to reach Spain; or by razor wire fences wounding immigrants trying to climb them.

Viktor Orbán might even like comparisons to the wall separating Israel from occupied Palestinian territories. Though that might jeopardize Orbán’s cooperation with the Hungarian neo-nazi party Jobbik. Jobbik are such fanatical anti-Semites that they hate the state Israel, and even the most far right-wing Jew in Israel; contrary to other European far right extremists who, though being anti-Semitic, hate ‘Muslims’ and/or ‘Arabs’ and/or Africans even more fanatically, so may try to make deals with Israeli extremists.

On the other hand, Jobbik likes the billboards which the Viktor Orbán government is putting up all over Hungary, saying that immigrants ‘take away Hungarians’ jobs’. There is much poverty and unemployment in Hungary. A result of Viktor Orbán’s policies; not of immigrants. Maybe similar hate campaigns by the British Conservative government inspired Mr Orbán in this. With poverty everywhere, there is apparently enough money in Hungary for this hate campaign.

A hate campaign which includes Mr Orbán equating immigrants with terrorists. And advocating concentration camps for them, in which they would be forced to work.

Also, Viktor Orbán would like to bring back the death penalty. This is against European Union human rights rules. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) in the European Parliament has condemned talk in Hungary of restoring the death penalty (which Orbán talked about, asked to do so by the Jobbik nazis). Nevertheless, in the Dutch affiliate of ALDE, the VVD, Patrick van Schie, the boss of the ‘scientific’ party bureau, wanted to bring the death penalty back. The death penalty had been abolished by the Dutch (then Liberal) government in 1870.

In Britain, Conservative Michael Gove – David Cameron’s new Justice Secretary – is on record as wanting to bring back death by hanging.

The question of the distribution of a few tens of thousands of refugees is increasingly becoming the subject of a bitter dispute between European Union member states. Some are now threatening to end the Schengen Agreement and its associated freedom of movement within the EU, and to reintroduce border controls: here.

Weatherfish enemies are northern pikes, hedgehogs, herons …

This video is about European weatherfish, Misgurnus fossilis, mating.

Translated from the Dutch RAVON ichthyologists:

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Hedgehogs, rats and herons like eating European weatherfish, which is evident from transmitter research by RAVON. This loach is also high on the menu of the purple heron in the Natura 2000 area Zouweboezem. It was suspected that the northern pike, the main freshwater predator fish, also likes to devour weatherfish, but evidence for this was lacking, until …

Recent research in Hungary (pdf, 0.4 MB) shows that in water with a big weatherfish population, the diet of pikes in the spring may consist for more than 90% of weatherfish. Probably the nocturnal loach, which normally hides during the day, during the reproduction period is easy prey as they swim along the banks by day.

Recently, also in Brabant province in the Netherlands, proof was found of a northern pike eating a weatherfish.

Hungarian government damaging wildlife

This video is called Wild birds in Hungary.

From Wildlife Extra:

New law puts Hungary’s wildlife at risk

Land management rights are to be transferred from nature conservation organisations to a central Land Agency which has economic rather than conservation interests if Hungary’s new law is approved, BirdLife International reports.

“If approved the new legislation is likely to damage centuries of nature conservation traditions and practices,” says Elodie Cantaloube in her report for BirdLife International.

Among Hungary’s natural treasures are Europe’s largest known stalactite cave which is an incredible 26km long (partly shared with Slovakia), inside Aggtelek National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Héviz Lake, Europe’s largest thermal lake.

Hungary has been well known for its strong laws and firmly established framework to protect its nature and wildlife.

Its well-developed system is made up of governmental institutions and a large network of protected areas on government owned land.

About nine per cent of Hungary’s territory is under federal protection and there are 63 forest reserves that have been designated as protected land.

All of the country’s known 4,077 caves have been protected by law since 1961.

Hungary’s contribution to the Europe’s ‘Natura 2000 Network’ is quite significant as well. It’s about 21 per cent of the country’s total land area, or nearly 2 million hectares.

However, according to BirdLife International, during the last decade the Hungarian Government has done been tearing apart all these years of conservation work.

It abolished its Ministry of Environment, integrating it into the Ministry of Rural Development in 2010.

And now it has passed a bill which takes away the land management rights of existing government nature conservation organisations and transfers them instead to a central agency.

If the act comes into force, this control will be given entirely to the existing National Land Fund, which manages the rest of Hungary’s state-owned land.

It is driven exclusively by economic considerations.

Despite concerns actively voiced by nature conservation NGOs based in Hungary, including BirdLife, WWF, and Friends of the Earth, the law seems to be going forward.