German companies refuse to sell razor-wire for Hungary's anti-refugee fence

CEOs of barbed-wire firms have claimed Hungary is 'misusing' their products

Rose Troup Buchanan
Saturday 26 September 2015 14:34
Soldiers work on the fence along the now-finished Croatian border
Soldiers work on the fence along the now-finished Croatian border

German companies have refused to sell razor-wire to the Hungarian government.

Mutanox, a Berlin-based fence company, was approached by representatives of Viktor Orban’s Hungarian government for razor-wire to complete a fence aimed at keeping refugees out of the company.

But owner Talat Değer refused the commission, despite knowing it would cost him roughly half a million Euro, claiming the right-wing government was “misusing” the wire.

Razor-wire, unlike slightly barbed wire, is designed to rip and cling onto human clothing and flesh. It is commonly referred to in Hungary as ‘Nato wire’.

“Hungary is misusing the Nato wire. Mr Orban takes it in his strike that people could hurt ir even die from it,” Mr Deger told the Huffington Post.

His products, used mainly by security firms and some branches of the German government, are “not a bad thing if it prevents crime or stops criminals committing further offences.”

"But the refugees are anything but criminals. They're harmless people who are running for their lives," he added.

Another German firm, which declined to be identified, told Sputnik news it had also refused to make any deliveries to Hungary. “Children, caught in the wire, is a disgrace,” the CEO told reporters.

Meanwhile, Hungary’s 109 mile fence continues to extend, with Mr Orban defended the construction along the Croatian and Serbian borders.

The Hungarian PM claims the fence is a necessary measure to prevent refugees fleeing violence and instability throughout the world “overrunning” his country (and the rest of Europe).

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