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Aug 23, 2016

Hungary's traditions and cultures must be protected

We must fight for our future, for Hungary's future, and show this support at the October 2 referendum

Hungary's Saint Stephen’s heritage, and all that makes the country Hungarian must be protected, Csaba Dömötör, minister of state at the Cabinet office of the prime minister has said.

He said that we must fight for our future, for Hungary's future, and show this support at the October 2 referendum.

“We have always had to fight for our truth, but our position has been clear ever since the foundation of the State. We alone can decide our future on fundamental issues, and therefore we insist also in the present instance on having the possibility to decide whom we wish to live together with," he said.

The minister pointed out that the thousand-year-old message of St. Stephen’s life work is that there is no welfare without security, the borders must be protected, the laws must be observed, our culture must be experienced, and the Hungarian people must decide on their own lives.

Upon praising the founder of the State, he said St. Stephen succeeded in leading the country with a strong, but fair hand, in hard times, amidst external attacks and internal riots, thereby turning a people into a nation, a territory into a country and a strong State.

All this “also imposes a duty on us: it is our responsibility to defend and to protect all that Stephen created," he stressed.

After the foundation of the State, St. Stephen may have thought that this is a tremendous European country, with great people who know how to fight, and a rich culture. After a thousand years, we may perhaps conclude that he was right about everything, he highlighted.