In Budapest, Hungary, the Mayor of the 8th District, Mate Kocis, recently passed a regulation that makes being homeless a crime. According to the BBC, homeless people can be arrested, imprisoned and forced to pay a $600 fine.
The BBC states that the only reason why this law passed was because the public did not want to deal with the homeless anymore. As this district is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Budapest, this new law will have a devastating effect on thousands of people.
Being economically disadvantaged is not a crime and should not be considered one. But that is just what this legislation is doing: criminalizing the poor. The homeless need support, not to be considered as criminals or nuisances to society.
Tell the President, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of the 8th District in Hungary that homelessness is not a crime. They should be funding more programs to help these people get off the streets, not finding more ways to hurt them.
We the undersigned, demand that the regulation recently passed in the 8th District of Budapest that makes being homeless illegal, be revoked. Homelessness is not a crime and you should not be punishing people because of they are economically disadvantaged. You should be supporting them and finding solutions to help them get off the streets and live better lives. All citizens, regardless of class should be supported by their governments.
Please show the world that you support your citizens by getting rid of this regulation.