Temesvár may get extra troops to handle migrant crisis

After being sent to Bucharest by Mayor Dominic Fritz, Deputy Mayor Cosmin Tabără has come back with some possible solutions. After discussions with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, former prime minister Ludovic Orban, and the leader of the Immigrations Inspectorate, the deputy mayor says that Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode, or a secretary of state from the ministry, will come to Temesvár/Timișoara, “in a relatively short period of time to be more close to the situation in the field, to reality.” The supplementing of protection troops in the city’s “red zones” can then be properly arranged.

“The problem of migrants is a global one, which does not elude Romania either; moreover, Temesvár/Timișoara is maybe the city that is the most exposed to the problem right now. From the very first day of my mandate, I drew attention to this fact, to the issues that this phenomenon raises and the major implications for society. I said right from the start that there is a need to consider all factors to prevent eventual conflicts, most of all to prevent the triggering of a social conflict,” said the deputy mayor of Temesvár/Timișoara.

Tabără was in Bucharest on Wednesday to discuss the migration crisis with the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

“I’ve decided to travel to Bucharest to inform everyone involved about the real problems Timișoara faces today that are linked to the presence of migrants in some regions of the city,” Tabără stated.

The deputy mayor met the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Ludovic Orban; Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode and others involved in the ministry; and the leader of the General Inspectorate for Immigration, Leonard Medreaga.

What happens next? Someone from Bucharest will come to Temesvár/Timișoara to see the real situation in the city firsthand. This will happen in the next two months since Minister Lucian Bode promised solutions soon to the migrant crisis.

“We’ve mutually agreed that in a relatively short period of time, the minister or one of his secretaries of state will travel to Timișoara to be as close as possible to the situation in the field, to reality, and arrange for additional protection needed in the ‘red zones’ of Timișoara,” the deputy mayor said.

This comes after on Monday two groups of Afghan migrants clashed in downtown Temesvár, with one of them killed and another severely injured in the ensuing knife fight.

Featured photo: DW. 

Author: Blanka Székely