In response to a letter of 62 MEPs calling on the OSCE to carry out a full-scale election observation in Hungary, Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi said pro-migration, left-wing European Union politicians and the “Soros network” are interfering with the upcoming Hungarian election.
According to MTI, Hidvéghi said the letter’s signatories were “well-known members of the Soros network” such as the Helsinki Committee and Amnesty International, and “pro-migration MEPs who have been serving them for years”. The author of the letter, Daniel Freund of the Greens, used to work for Transparency International, and “continues to lobby for punitive measures against Hungary” as an MEP. “We find among the signatories Katharina Baley [S&D], infamous for calling for the starving out of Hungary and Poland unless they dance to Brussels’ tune. So is Greens party member Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, a member of the LIBE committee, currently at work at another mendacious report on Hungary.” Hidvéghi said those MEPs had been attacking Hungary “for years because we don’t allow migrants into the country and we protect our children form LGBTQ propaganda.” The Fidesz MEP also slammed Hungarian Democratic Coalition (DK) and Momentum Movement MEPs who signed the letter, insisting that the Hungarian left wing was “in a state of panic … trying to justify an election defeat in advance.” Hidvéghi said the European Left wanted to see the Hungarian leftist alliance of DK head Ferenc Gyurcsány and the joint opposition’s prime ministerial candidate, Péter Márki-Zay, in power.
Hidvéghi said the letter was the first step in an open intervention in the Hungarian election. “The letter itself is nothing but empty provocation … any observer group is free to enter Hungary. They will see with their own eyes that the Hungarian election is free and democratic, as were those of previous years.” “We will not cave in to pressure. As long as the Fidesz-Christian Democrats [KDNP] lead Hungary, they will protect the country from migrants and our children from LGBTQ propaganda,” he added.
Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Facebook that the letter’s signatories were “urging interference in Hungary’s election”. She said the letter was “full of falsehoods and base criticism of Hungary”, but the authors “seem to forget that OSCE has routinely sent observers to Hungary in the past”. She added that the observers “will witness another free and democratic election”.
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