LMP condemns Jobbik’s "ghetto" proposal, urges root treatment of poverty

Budapest, September 2 (MTI) – Green opposition party Politics Can Be Different (LMP) deeply condemns remarks by an MEP of the radical nationalist Jobbik calling for “Roma criminals” to be moved into “ghettos” outside cities, the party’s MPs said at a joint press conference on Thursday.

The problem is deep poverty and solutions must go beyond merely addressing its symptoms, said Timea Szabo.

    Szabo, who is deputy head of the parliamentary committee for human rights, said LMP welcomed statements by other parties condemning Jobbik’s proposals, but urged them to deal with the root of the problem. The governing centre-right Fidesz’s idea of stronger police and stricter laws indicated a willingness to engage with the issue only in a superficial way, Szabo said.

    Csanad Szegedi, a Jobbik MEP, on Wednesday proposed that public-order offenders should be moved into special zones outside cities where they would be kept under police surveillance. He said the first such establishment should be set up on the outskirts of Miskolc, a northeastern city, where mainly Roma offenders would be displaced.

    The opposition Socialists and Fidesz both condemned the remarks. Fidesz said the answer would be “strict laws and a strong police force.”

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