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Jobbik turns to Sovereignty Protection Office over plan on Chinese police officers

The opposition Jobbik-Conservatives party will submit an inquiry of public interest to the Sovereignty Protection Office in connection with the government's plan to assign Chinese police officers a patrolling task in Hungary, the leader of the party said on Tuesday.

The party requests the authority’s position on whether or not “the participation of persons employed by an autocratic state, a ‘dictatorship’ controlling their citizens, in maintaining public order and public security is a gross violation of Hungary’s sovereignty”, Marton Gyongyosi said.

He said that the party would like to know “what is the guarantee of preventing access to the personal data of Hungarian citizens by Chinese police officers who might misuse them”.

Under Hungary’s fundamental law, ensuring public security and public order is the duty of domestic authorities, Gyongyosi argued, insisting that such a duty “cannot be outsourced to anybody”.

“National sovereignty for us is not a political product, but a very important question,” he said.

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