Jozsef Horvath, the Deputy Director-General for Hungary’s military intelligence services, believes his country is a target for Islamic extremists.
Horvath said Europe is sitting on a “gunpowder barrel” and the government had no choice but to close its southern border in response to a flood of refugees from the Middle East, according to an interview published by Magyar Idők, or the Hungarian Times.
“Europe is in the last hour,” he said.
Examining video footage of the refugees, Horvath said “you can see that the majority of these people are well-fed men” who do not display the “weaken constitution” of refugees and arrive with “smart phones, bank cards and cash.”
Citing the Charlie Hebo attack in France, Horvath said he is concerned many of the refugees will resort to terrorism after they are integrated into Europe’s Muslim communities.
“I think Hungary is one of the priority targets,” he told the newspaper. “The government is responsible for its citizens safety.”
The interview, published on Thursday, was not covered by the corporate media in the West.
Bana Tibor, a member of the Hungarian delegation to the fall session of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly, told the Russian news agency Sputnik “Hungary needs to close its borders completely to protect our citizens from terrorism and extremism that can infiltrate into the Schengen border with the migrant flow. Some of those who arrive to Europe reportedly have a connection with the Islamic State.”
The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and border control.
United Nations Condemns Hungary’s Response to Refugees
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has condemned Hungary’s response to the crisis.
“I was shocked to see how these refugees and migrants were treated. It’s not acceptable … since they are the people who are fleeing the violence and persecution, we must ensure our compassionate leadership,” he said.
On Wednesday Hungarian riot police used tear gas and water cannons after a group broke through a barrier on the border and entered the country.
Refugees attack border fence on Hungary-Serbia border.
“An armed mob of a couple of hundreds of people are trying to enter Hungarian territory without any kind of permit,” said Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs.
He said a group of young males, armed with sticks and stones, dismantled a gate during the night.
The prime minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, characterized Hungary’s response to the illegal immigrants entering the country as “non-European” behavior and urged the EU to punish Hungary.
“We will not allow anyone to humiliate us. I call on the European Union to react, for its members to behave in line with European values,” he said.
Hungary is a EU member and Serbia is in the process of joining the union.