Police Catch 65 Refugees in Vans; PM Fico Says EU Policy Has Failed
A total of 65 refugees trying to find a life in Europe were found in the back of three vans stopped in Zilina and Nitra regions at the weekend by Slovak police.
On Saturday evening near Nove Zamky a truck was stopped with 30 refugees in the back, 29 apparently from Syria and one from Libya. The Hungarian truck was driven by two Hungarian men, and the police only stopped them as they had broken some traffic rules.
On Sunday morning near Zilina a delivery van was stopped containing 29 Syrian refugees, with a female Hungarian driver. The driver had gone the wrong way and instead of heading to the Czech Republic and onward to Germany, ended up in the village of Krasnany. Someone found her actions suspicious and so called the police. The drivers will be charged and the refugees possibly returned to Hungary.
Another vehicle was stopped on Sunday in Sturovo and was transporting five or six people according to initial reports.
In the meantime, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has announced Slovakia would once again reject any new mandatory quotas of refugees if the subject is brought up by the European Union. The Slovak Security Council will be holding an extraordinary meeting on Monday to decide on plans on how to deal with the growing influx of refugees.
Speaking at an event celebrating the Slovak National Uprising on Sunday, Fico went on to criticise the European Union’s handling of the immigration crisis. He said “the EU policy had failed”. He called on the European Union to deal with the problem at the source and not pretend we could welcome all asylum seekers with open arms.