PM Orbán: Hungarians are free to decide their fate without any outside influence

The prime minister said Hungary’s opponents want to strip the country of the power to protect families.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a meeting of the ruling parties’ parliamentary groups that Hungarians today are free to decide their fate without any outside influence. The prime minister identified the “Soros empire, the Brussels bureaucracy and their allies” as Hungary’s opponents from whom the country’s sovereignty had to be defended. “They’re the ones who will attack our economic sovereignty, want to eliminate our cultural sovereignty and want to take away our political sovereignty,” he said.

PM Orbán said the attacks against Hungary’s economic sovereignty came in the form of a push to have utility price caps scrapped and protecting multinationals so that they are free to raise prices “and make a profit off the Hungarian people”. Hungary’s opponents also want to strip the country of the power to protect families, he said. “And if all this wasn’t enough, they want to let GMO-contaminated grain onto the Hungarian market at dumping prices,” PM Orbán said. “And they also want to tell us where we can buy our energy from and for how much.” Hungary’s cultural sovereignty is under threat from the push to force migrants onto Hungary and set up “Europe’s largest migrant ghetto here”, the prime minister said. “They want to force their gender ideology onto us, and they also want to be the ones to tell us how our universities should function and what can be taught there, even shutting out Hungarian students from joint European scholarship programmes in order to reach their goals,” he said. The “obviously unlawful” withholding of funds from Hungary is an attack against the country’s political sovereignty, the paper cited PM Orbán as saying. Meanwhile, Hungary is being forced to make payments to Ukraine, “moreover they would admit Ukraine into the EU without any debate even though it meets none of the criteria set for other member states”, he said. The prime minister also cited the “shameless foreign intervention in Hungarian public life” through monies sent from abroad. The fight for Hungary’s freedom will not just be decided in Brussels or in the US, but also in Hungary itself, in the cities and towns, the prime minister said. The supporters of the global elite are to be fined not only among the Brussels elite or the American Democrats, but they are also there in a host of Hungarian cities and towns, he said, pointing out the example of “uncontrolled Budapest where traffic jams, dirt and chaos reign”. “And there’s also the pseudo-civil groups and the self-proclaimed independent local media that have sprung out of nowhere and aim to create tensions and scaremonger against nationally-minded local councils,” PM Orbán said. They are all financed from Brussels or through the “Soros network” to set up “garrisons” where nationally-minded forces are in power, he added. The prime minister said that at stake in next year’s European Parliament and local elections was preserving Hungary’s sovereignty.