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Opposition MP Presses for Complex Drug Strategy

Miklós Halász-Szabó 2018.10.29.

Sándor Burány, an MP of the opposition Socialist-Párbeszed alliance, called for a complex drug strategy that extends to the social crisis at a press conference in Budapest on Sunday.

Burány said that the situation in Hős Street, in the capital’s tenth district, is a product of the social crisis. That’s why people who live there take drugs, that’s why public safety is at risk, he added.

The underlying problem has to be managed, not covered up, he said, pressing for a broad drug strategy that addresses the social crisis. Governing Fidesz doesn’t have such a strategy and isn’t trying to come up with one, he added.

Instead, the easiest solution has been picked – against the will of the residents of Hős Street – and the area will be walled off, Burány said, speaking close to the street.

He noted that the local government of District X had been awarded some 2 billion forints (EUR 6.2m) in government support to resolve the problems in the Hős Street “ghetto”, but instead more than 180 million forints was paid to somebody to build “walls” around the area. If this wall is built, it will be the shame of the country, he said, adding that the last time people had been isolated in their homes was before and during WWII, by the fascist Arrow Cross regime and the Nazis.

via MTI
featured photo by Magyar Idők