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Apr 05, 2018

PM Orbán: Hungary's capital is one of the safest in the world but one bad decision would render Budapest unrecognizable

The prime minister said the government regards the security of the Hungarian people as its highest priority because where there is no security there are no investments, no new jobs, no incomes or pensions that hold their value, and there is no growth

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has highlighted how Hungary’s capital is one of the safest cities in the world, but “one bad decision, one misguided choice would be enough to render Budapest unrecognizable”.

The prime minister made the remarks during his speech at the inauguration of Ludovika University Campus of the National University of Public Service (NUPS) on Wednesday.

“It is good to live here [in Budapest], to raise children here, and to know that our families are safe. This is no longer the case in the cities of immigrant countries. On April 8th [in the parliamentary election] the people of Budapest will decide on this,” he said.

He added that those who vote for the opposition on Sunday will be voting for the path leading to everyday life in an immigrant country, while those who vote for our candidates will be voting for security.

“We will preserve Budapest as a beautiful, exciting and safe city,” the prime minister stressed.

“There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world. Its beauty astonished me, as did the fact that here in Budapest the Hungarian people can live in such safety,” the prime minister said, reciting a visitor’s comments about the city.

PM Orbán said that in Hungary migration primarily threatens Budapest and the people of the city. He added that there must be no recurrence of the events that took place there three years ago at Keleti Railway Station and in Pope John Paul II Square.

The fence on Hungary’s southern border primarily protects Budapest, the prime minister said.

“We Hungarians have only one homeland […] One bad decision, one step in the wrong direction, and our downhill course will be unstoppable. Once again there are those who want to take our country from us, who want us, too, to become an immigrant country,” he said, pointing out that what has been seen of migration so far has only been the first waves of the approaching “flood”.

The prime minister added that the government regards the security of the Hungarian people as its highest priority because where there is no security there are no investments, no new jobs, no incomes or pensions that hold their value, and there is no growth.

He continued that in order to protect Hungary and its achievements, there is a need for a combat-ready army, border defense, a strong police force and a well-functioning public administration system.

The prime minister also said what is truly at stake in Sunday’s election is the future of Hungary.

“Our opponents have no interest in Hungary having a strong and fully functioning government. They want a weak state and a weak government, which executes the instructions that are sent here. But for us Hungary comes first. We want to write our own future, and we want to write it in Hungarian,” he said.