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Jun 27, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

PM Orbán: No officer in uniform will be left to fend for themselves in Hungary

In a speech this morning during the swearing-in ceremony of police and disaster management officers, Prime Minister Orbán said that while the honor of officers in uniform is being questioned in some countries, Hungary will not be such a country.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the swearing-in ceremony of police and disaster management officers at Buda Castle this morning. In his speech, the PM said that while in some countries the honor of officers in uniform is being questioned, and these same officers are being labeled racists, Hungary will not be such a country.

“The future of officers in uniform does not appear to be so simple; surprising and disturbing events are taking place,” the PM said, adding that “healthcare systems of wealthy states have collapsed in a matter of days, rich countries have embarked on a path toward bankruptcy, and an unprecedented degree of aggression is burning up metropolises.”

“Members of the armed forces are being humiliated on the streets and in politics; the guardians of public order are being denounced as racists,” Prime Minister Orbán said. Meanwhile, the honor of officers in uniform is being trampled upon as statues are being torn down. “The state and law have disappeared from the streets,” the PM observed.

Hungary, however, is not going to be one of these countries. Hungary’s finances and its economy are in order; Hungarians are willing and able to work, and our growth reserves remain high. “Hungary will never let its officers in uniform be left to fend for themselves,” PM Orbán continued, “because they deserve to be honored and respected, as they are the ones who make the sacrifices required for the security and peace of our homes.”

In Hungary, we prefer a world where order and common sense prevail, a world where the law protects the innocent and not the criminals. According to the prime minister, in this world, we defend ourselves against migration and put our resources to work in favor of the future of families and our children. “In order to maintain this world, in order to preserve Hungary as an island of peace and security, we will need all of those who have made their vows here today,” he stated.

Speaking about the importance of one’s love for one’s homeland, the prime minister said that it “binds us together into a common fate, one that’s great and exceptional, one that only belongs to us, and we all share in its greatness.” At the same time, the PM concluded, if those who have made their vows here today want to excel in their jobs, besides a love for their homeland, they will also need to have respect for themselves.