PM Orbán in State of the Nation address: The last decade has been the most successful in Hungary’s last 100 years
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“Without the protection of our Christian culture, we are going to lose Europe, and Europe will no longer belong to the Europeans,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier today. In his remarks honoring the 171st anniversary of Hungary’s 1848-49 revolution, the PM also talked about Hungarian national unity and a “Central European renaissance”.
On March 15th, 1848 Hungarian revolutionaries - mostly students and young intellectuals - took to the stairs of the National Museum reciting Sándor Petőfi's now famous "National Song" and announcing their 12 demands to the oppressive Vienna court
Independence and freedom stand among the most important values for every generation of Hungarians, in all ages, and the motto of this year’s March 15 celebration speaks to our love of country: “The homeland comes first”.
“We are expected to willingly hand over [our country] within a few decades … to foreigners from other continents who don’t speak our language, respect our culture, our laws or way of life,” the prime minister said
“They want to take our country away. Not with the stroke of a pen like they did a hundred years ago in Trianon,” said Prime Minister Orbán in his March 15th address before a crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Hungary’s 1848 Revolution and War of Independence, “but that we voluntarily hand it over to others in the decades to come.”
The gathering on Kossuth tér on March 15th celebrates Hungarian freedom, independence and sovereignty. The official celebration will begin at 2 p.m. and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will deliver the annual address.
The national holiday will be marked with a series of events around the nation, and commemorations will begin with the hoisting of the national flag in front of Parliament with military honors at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.