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ISIS mentions Hungary in new threat message

April 1st, 2016

Commenting on a recent jihadist video naming Hungary among potential terror targets, a left-wing columnist accuses the government of using the threat to push its own political agenda. A pro-government columnist calls on the opposition to support the government’s efforts to reduce the threat. 

In an online video content titled “Today It Is Brussels, and Tomorrow It Might Be Portugal and Hungary”, the ISIS threatened Europe and the US with more terrorist attacks.

In Népszabadság, Miklós Hargitai suspects that the Hungarian government wants to use the ISIS threat to send simplistic messages, blame terrorist threats on migration and use the opportunity to push its anti-terror bill (see BudaPost March 25). He thinks the West should not be deterred from helping the fight against ISIS in the Middle East. Any flinching from the current course  would be morally unacceptable, since ISIS could then continue ethnic cleansing and the persecution of Christians and other minorities undisturbed, Hargitai concludes.

Hungary is in the crosshairs,” Ferenc Kis comments in Magyar Idők on the new jihadist video mentioning Hungary and showing its national banner. Kis warns that it is not possible to achieve full security, and calls on the authorities to do everything to prevent strikes and stop uncontrolled migration. In times of terrorist threats, security comes first, and security may require the temporary restriction of individual liberties, Kis contends. In conclusion, he calls on the left-wing parties to acknowledge the importance of anti-terrorist measures and support the government’s proposed emergency state of terror bill.

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