No one is sure who made them or put them there, but there are some very unusual 'totemic masks' appearing outside of Hungary. When the country was criticized for it, one politician said he didn't think the masks went far enough.
Beetroot masks shaped like pig heads are being hung around the border of Hungary in an attempt to keep refugees at bay. The Hungarian police and military are not sure who put the masks there, but they're doing nothing to have the masks removed.
Human Rights Watch media director Andrew Stroehlein tweeted about the masks. “Refugees are fleeing war & torture, Hungary. Your root vegetable heads will not deter them,” he said.
Soon after, he got a response from politician Gyorgy Schopflin. “Might do so. Human images are haram. But agree, pig’s head would deter more effectively.”
Stroehlein retweeted the exchange with the added comment, "Last night, a member of European Parliament suggested putting pig heads on Hungary's border fence to scare refugees."
Millions of Syrian refugees have tried to enter the country through Serbia. The government shut down the southwestern border to stem the flow, but the oncoming rush of immigrants is endless.
"Their treatment of refugees has been appalling – using violence to push people back from the border. Conditions in reception centers are inhumane. Refugees are treated like animals," Stroehlein said about the Hungarian government.
Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, has defended the country's tough border control efforts in the past. “All of them present a security threat because we don’t know who they are. If you allow thousands or millions of unidentified persons into your house, the risk of … terrorism will significantly increase,” he said.
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