Border guards could receive tasers under changes to national defense law

October 12, 2016

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The Hungarian government is discussing changes to laws concerning the Hungarian Defense Forces, citing migration, terrorism and the need for a more efficient provision of international military undertakings as justification, reports Magyar Nemzet.

Among the changes being discussed in Parliament’s Autumn session is a proposal to authorize and equip soldiers along Hungary’s southern border with electric tasers. These law-enforcement weapons have been rejected by the Hungarian police force since 2009, citing multiple deaths in the United States caused by the “non-lethal” weapon.

Security policy expert of the Hungarian Military Science Society József Kis-Benedek said the introduction of the taser is justified by the actions being taken at the border. Due to the low number of police, there is great need for Military Police, so the introduction of the weapon should be understandable, he said.

Hungarian border police have been widely criticized for their tough treatment of refugees and migrants attempting to cross into Hungary at its southern border with Serbia. Last year Hungary built the first border fence in Europe since the transition from communism in 1990.  Reports of beatings and attacks by dogs on asylum seekers have been publicized by human rights groups.

Recently, ruling party Fidesz spent more than HUF 13 billion (USD 47.8 million) on a referendum against settling refugees in Hungary, and has vowed to continue the fight to protect the country’s “cultural, ethnic and religious composition.” Today’s parliamentary session will decide whether tasers will be Hungary’s newest weapon in its ongoing mission to protect Christian Europe from Islamic invaders, as the government would have us believe.