Hungary’s prime minister painted an apocalyptic view of Western Europe on Thursday, saying it was under a migrant invasion that will soon make a minority of native-born Europeans.
By – Gareth Davies
Orban has made his policies to block immigration the near-exclusive focus of his campaign for a third consecutive term.
His relatively short speech to the crowd in front of the Hungarian Parliament building seemed crafted mostly to further increase fear of migration among his supporters.
‘They want us to voluntarily give (our country) to others, to foreigners from other continents who don’t speak our language, don’t respect our culture, laws or lifestyle,’ Orban said. ‘They want to exchange ours for their own.
‘There is no exaggeration in this.’
Orban also claimed that foreign powers were working with his domestic opposition to remove the fences he had built on Hungary’s southern borders in 2015 to keep out migrants.
Orban also made another of his attacks on George Soros, the Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist.
He alleged Soros was seeking to impose his ‘open society’ ideals on Europe and supports critics of the ruling party’s government, and listed Soros among Hungary’s historical foes – the Ottoman Empire, the Habsburgs and the Soviet Union.
The rally marked the 170th anniversary of the 1848 revolution against Habsburg rule. Orban’s speech was preceded by what organizers called a ‘Peace March.’
Many tens of thousands of Orban supporters took part in the anniversary event nominally organized by a pro-Orban civic group and held with the full support of Orban’s Fidesz party.
Several opposition groups – including a coalition of left-wing parties, the far-right Jobbik party, the satirical Two-Tailed Dog Party and a student movement – held smaller rallies and remembrances in Budapest, the Hungarian capital.
‘Fidesz is a minority and the people wanting change are the majority – and the majority cannot be in opposition,’ said Gergely Karacsony, prime ministerial candidate of the Socialist Party and the Dialogue party.
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