Hungary’s former PM suggests Orbán made pact with the Antichrist

Two of Hungary’s left-centre opposition parties demonstrated on Sunday in Budapest against the Orbán government’s inhumane handling of the refugee crisis. The Socialists, however, have been relatively quiet on the issue of the refugees, probably realizing that this is not a topic that will win them many new votes. In contrast, political leaders in both the Democratic Coalition (DK) and in the Együtt party (Together) spoke out very forcefully and sometimes using colourful language against the Fidesz government. Péter Juhász, a prominent municipal politician affiliated with Együtt and known for his brash, outspoken speech said that Petra László, the camerawoman who caused international outrage by assaulting Syrian refugees in Röszke, was a “one of Orbán’s political products.”

“The prime minister is an inhumane, merciless, football hooligan,” remarked Mr. Juhász. He added that because of his actions, Hungary is effectively being kicked out of “civilized Europe.” He then had some choice words for Fidesz’s main political ally, the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), which is a phantom party that manages to secure seats in parliament by running jointly with Mr. Orbán’s party, but is completely beholden to Fidesz.

“KDNP, go “f*ck yourself, together with your ethics curriculum,” yelled Mr. Juhász, referring to obligatory ethics courses supported by the party, widely seen as painfully hypocritical, in Hungary’s schools.

Mr. Juhász argued that Hungary should settle between 10,000 to 15,000 refugees this year. This is actually a much lower figure than the quota proposed by the European Commission, which would see Hungary settle 54,000 asylum-seekers. Mr. Juhász was critical of the Socialists, noting that it was unacceptable that the largest left-centre opposition party “didn’t have a clue” as to how it might handle the refugee crisis.

Péter Juhász was joined by Együtt party’s vice president Viktor Szigetvári in the march outside Parliament. The politicians carried a banner which read “Shame on you, Orbán!” Attendance at the rally was estimated at around 3,500. That’s hardly a revolutionary crowd, but on a positive note, the proportion of young people among the demonstrators was quite high.

As could be expected, it was former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, one of Hungary’s better and most passionate orators, who made the biggest media “splash” at the other opposition rally held  this Sunday, even though according to the left-centre daily Népszabadság, attendance at his protest was under 500.

Ferenc Gyurcsány speaking in Budapest on September 13th. Photo: Noémi Bruzák / MTI.

Ferenc Gyurcsány speaking in Budapest on September 13th. Photo: Noémi Bruzák / MTI.

“You can’t proclaim a Christian Europe and a Christian Hungary, and then make a pact with the Antichrist,” declared Mr. Gyurcsány, sending a clear message to Prime Minister Orbán.

“When someone is drowning, I don’t start asking him about his faith or about his origins. When someone is in trouble, we have to help. The highest moral commandment is for us to safeguard his life,” said Mr. Gyurcsány. As most of our readers will know, the former prime minister has by now provided temporary housing in his own home to several dozen Syrian refugees, and he reminded his audience today of this at the demonstration.

Mr. Gyurcsány’s central message, however, was to urge Hungarians not to be afraid of new people, of “the other.” He conceded that even people on the left of the political spectrum are afraid to open the country to newcomers.

“Hungarians were not free for 500 years, yet we still didn’t become Turks or Austrians. What’s there to fear?”–he asked, referring to Ottoman and then Habsburg occupations of the country. “The Hungarian nation was welcoming for a long period of time. We were enriched when we accepted foreign cultures. Never did this impoverish us,” added the former prime minister.

These views are refreshing, especially in light of the government’s insidious communications strategy. The problem is that outside of relatively small liberal circles, primarily in Budapest, they are quite rare and unpopular within much of Hungarian society.

6 Comments

  1. What the hell are all you Orban haters talking about? What do you wan’t him to do different?

    Should we not try to fingerprint, and ID all these refugees, despite the EU rules? Then that would be your biggest problem with him. Should we try to repatriate a few thousands in Hungary? They don’t want to stay! Is that so hard to understand?

    Should we just look and let them overrun the country without any control? Then you find a new reason to cry about.

    More and more people across Europe are getting sick of your constant complaining! Remember this!!!!

    • Charlie London says:

      Robert?

      You don’t get it do you?

      Yes, we in Europe have an enormous problem.

      In the midst of all this is a politicking evil leader taking actions that will frustrate any co-ordinated pan-European action.

      And at the same time making the situation MUCH worse.

      And showing to World his callousness and cruelty that harms the refugees -using them as a pawn to out-Jobbik Jobbik.

      And displaying to the World how Hungary’s & Hitler’s roles developed in the Holocaust.

    • Robert,

      Orban is very decided unfaltering but sadly, not very effective.
      It’s not what he wants, it’s not what he does, it’s how he does it.
      That’s the problem.
      Please try not to see it from the point of “hateful” and “sympathizing” and “we” and “you”.

  2. “against the Orbán government’s inhumane handling of the refugee crisis.”

    That deepened the crisis and didn’t do anything good to Hungary. It shows Orban’s misconception of discouraging migrants from choosing the Hungarian route. Huge mistake. Before he said they are terrorists and not refugees. I agree, most of them are trained recruits, thus they cannot be discouraged by inhuman treatments. He only gets more enemies and if they are real terrorist they will strike back for that with real terrorist actions.
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    “Petra László, the camerawoman who caused international outrage by assaulting Syrian refugees in Röszke, was a “one of Orbán’s political products.”

    Maybe, maybe just a camerawoman at a wrong place, she cannot handle stressful situations. God knows what’s going at a place like that, what cameras don’t catch . Now the other cameras caught her, and everybody tries to explore that for their own benefit. Disgusting what she did and even more disgusting the whole mass hysteria that followed.
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    “Mr. Juhász argued that Hungary should settle between 10,000 to 15,000 refugees this year.”

    Should settle as many as Hungary is capable of putting up, handle, and assimilate and not more. But even that ones only after careful selection. In my esteem that could not be more than a maximum 200.
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    “You can’t proclaim a Christian Europe and a Christian Hungary, and then make a pact with the Antichrist,”

    Hungarians are not very religious. What to do with Christianity there. Both Orban and Gyurcsany are trying to play with the religious feelings of the Hungarians (that they just don’t have) from a different angle. Orban met the Pope, tries to team up with the Vatican, the P2 lodge gives order and Orban doesn’t make pact with the Antichrist he is too small for that, he is waiting for them to make a pack with him.

  3. He is a liar! When he was the prime minister of Hungary, he and his party was following a very anti immigration policy! Now as an opposition leader doing all completely differently!? He is a dishonest man who had to step down as a prime minister as he was lying to everybody. Also he was criticised Orban many times for not having a friendly closer relationship with Putin… Last election his party got 2% vote, 2%!! I just simply can’t believe how somebody who is a fallen prime minister and failed to have more than 2% vote last year how on earth he is criticising anybody! People who believe him have a serious problem too!

  4. OMG! Hungarian Free Press, is this meant to be some kind of sick joke. Interviewing these leftie scumbags and calling it news. Your hate filled website is the reason why people like Jobbik exist. You are to blame. This garbage is embarrassing Christopher.

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