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“It cannot be tolerated,” according to a well-known government critic, commenting on the opposition’s choice of candidate, “that a man who has made such anti-Semitic and anti-Roma statements, like Bíró, can enter an election with the support of parties that call themselves anti-racist, democratic and tolerant.”
In the run-up to a by-election to fill a parliamentary seat for a constituency in northern Hungary, the so-called “democratic” opposition jointly nominated a far-right Jobbik candidate with a long history of stomach-turning, anti-Semitic and anti-Roma statements. Here’s the shameful story in brief.
The newly elected mayor of Budapest thinks he can fool the western media by trying whitewash the opposition’s de facto alliance with Hungary’s anti-Semitic far-right. But Jobbik is still the same, anti-Semitic, anti-Roma group of far-right radicals.
Erinnern Sie sich an jene Zeiten, als internationale Beobachter Ministerpräsident Orbán vor einer Kooperation oder gar einer Verbindung mit der rechtsextremen, antisemitischen Jobbik gewarnt haben? Offensichtlich ist dies kein Problem mehr. Denn jetzt sind es die linksliberalen Grünen Ungarns, die sich bei den Rechtsextremen einschmeicheln wollen. Und ihr Schweigen lässt vermuten, dass viele von denselben Leuten der Meinung sind, dass das in Ordnung ist.
Remember all those times that international observers warned Prime Minister Orbán against any cooperation, let alone association, with the far-right, anti-Semitic Jobbik? Apparently, cooperation with the fringe isn’t a problem any longer. Because now it’s Hungary’s left-liberal Greens cozying up to the extreme right. And by their silence, many of the same people think that’s ok.
Just when you thought the story couldn’t get any worse. Hungary’s far-right, extremist party, Jobbik, decided in December 2018 to dismiss one of its vice presidents because of his anti-Semitic statements and replaced him with another who backed the idea of drawing up a list of Jews.
A few months ago, in the lead up to last year’s general elections, this member of Hungary’s opposition was touring the country saying his party refused any cooperation with far-right, extremist Jobbik, a party he claimed to be “full of Nazis” that are “now presented in different packaging.” You won’t believe what he just said in a television interview.
For years, critics in the international media and other circles have tried to stick Prime Minister Orbán with the anti-Semitism charge. The prime minister endured repeated demands from these people to denounce or distance himself from the rhetoric of Hungary’s far-right party Jobbik, as if he were responsible for their extremism.
Judith Sargentini will complement the Hungarian opposition’s all-star squad this afternoon in Brussels at a demonstration against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government. Here are some inconvenient details that they won’t be mentioning. So grab a seat, Sargentini is coming!
László Toroczkai was the founder of the far-right 64 Counties Youth Movement (HVIM) and has been banned from Serbia and Slovakia due to his views and activities. Last year, he endorsed policies to ban pro-LGBT rights messages and Islamic religious practices in Ásotthalom
In recent days, the chairman of Hungary’s far-right political party Jobbik publicly declared his intention to form an alliance with left-wing opposition parties LMP and Momentum. The latter have not ruled out the possibility.
Several days ago, Prime Minister Orbán was speaking about a group of leaders that served during a tough period in Hungary’s history, the inter-war period, and his remarks generated some controversy. Inevitably, some raised the worn-out charge of anti-Semitism. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó put them properly in their place.
As Hungarian government and law enforcement fight to counter extremism, well-known left-wing figures have been proposing some strange alliances. Their latest ideas should be condemned, especially in light of the recent attack on Hungarian police.