Friday, October 4, 2013
Coming soon from the Conservatives?
The Hungarian parliament has passed a law which aims to clear several thousand homeless people off the streets of Budapest and other towns. The government says the law is designed to help the homeless, and that there are enough places in homeless shelters. But critics deny that, and say the law criminalises the homeless, who could face community work, fines or even imprisonment. Those caught sleeping rough in urban areas can be sentenced to community service or a fine, if they either refuse to move on when requested to, or are caught in the same area again. Those who live in shacks in the woods without permission will be imprisoned. "The difference is that this governmentÃ¢Â€Â¦ is codifying the fact that homeless people are stigmatised, harassed and criminalised"