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Fence-building Hungary defends action over 'brutal threat'

Hungary's prime minister has said eastern European nations are forced to protect themselves from the "brutal threat" of mass migration until the EU organises a united response to the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has built a fence to keep out refugees on the Serbian border and is rapidly constructing a similar 3.5-metre-high steel fence on the Croatian border.

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Hungary passes law to protect its borders

Hungarian parliament passes law allowing government to deploy the army to protect its borders. Credit: Reuters

Hungary's parliament has passed a law authorising the government to deploy the army to protect its borders, including the use of non-lethal weapons.

Under the new law, the army would be permitted to use rubber bullets, pyrotechnical devices, tear gas grenades or net guns, according to the Hungarian Parliament's website.

The measure was passed with 151 votes to 12 as the nationalist Jobbik party advocated tougher measures to deal with the influx of refugees and migrants into Europe.

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