Paris beheading of Samuel Paty is tied to mass migration, says Hungarian security official

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The terrorist attack in Paris, involving the beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty by an 18-year-old Chechen, is linked to mass and uncontrolled immigration in France, said György Bakondi, the Hungarian prime minister’s chief security officer, on the M1 channel. 

“The threat of terrorism is high in France. There have also been several acts of terrorism in the recent past,” said Bakondi. He noted that France has been unsuccessful at reducing the threat of terrorists coming into the country, according to Magyar Nemzet

Information has also come to light that Poland, with its strict immigration policies, rejected the asylum application of the Chechen murderer, Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, ten years ago. Hungary and Poland were harshly criticized for refusing to accept migrant quotas, but the countries point to the fact that they have remained free from terrorist attacks as one of many reasons why they will continue to reject mass migration.

Over 250 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in France since just 2015, which was also the same year Hervé Cornara was beheaded by an Islamic terrorist — a case that has receded from public memory but which has taken on new meaning since the beheading of Paty.

Last month, 25-year-old Pakistani Zaheen Hassan Mahmoud severely injured two people outside the former offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine over its decision to republish the Prophet Muhammad cartoon, which led to the 2015 terrorist attack that killed 11 people. Mahmoud, who was praised by his father for his attack last month, confessed to lying about his age when he first arrived in France in 2018, admitting he was not 18 but actually 25. 

National Rally leader Marine Le Pen slammed France’s immigration policies in response Mahmoud’s attack, and said all unaccompanied minors in France should be deported to their country origin due to their costs on the state and the threat they pose in terms of crime and terrorism. 

France, with the largest Muslim population in Europe, is facing rapid demographic change, and there are concerns that the problem of terrorism may only accelerate.

During his appearance on M1 channel, Bakondi also pointed out that the coronavirus epidemic could lead to a serious situation in the autumn and winter. In such cases, the issue of securing borders is of paramount importance, including for Hungary. 

He said the European Union was thinking of a single border management, however, despite the threat to nations, the plan is continuously delayed. 

“The protection of the population and the maintenance of the health care system require urgent measures,” said Bakondi.

Title image:  György Bakondi, the Hungarian prime minister’s chief security officer, left, and a photograph of Samuel Paty.

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