Orbán refuses to condemn his friend, Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko

Hungary’s corrupt “Viktatorship” is still stable at this moment, but you never know.  Political winds can shift on a dime in Budapest, just like they have in Minsk where 200,000 people demanded the resignation the country’s dictator, President Lukashenko.

A couple of weeks ago Hungary’s strongman had a friendly visit with Lukashenko and Orbán called it an “honor” to be the first Hungarian prime minister to pay an official visit to Minsk. “We have owed this visit for a long time” – he said.

Lukashenko’s rule looked rock solid at that time but his rubberstamp “re-election” of August 9 has suddenly turned into a “revolution.”  People are fed up with his quarter century rule and the lack of democracy.  An unexpected opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gained popularity and possibly received the majority of the vote.  The “official results” gave Lukashenko 80% and his opponent only 10% of the votes.

Minsk immediately exploded.  The fake election brought out tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators and Tikhanovskaya fearing her safety was forced to leave the county.  Lukashenko then mobilized his security forces and turned to Russia’s Putin for help.

Slovakia’s foreign minister Ivan Korcok said, “The intervention of the Belarusian regime against the political opponents and citizens calmly expressing their views is not acceptable. We call upon President Alexander Lukashenko to uphold the basic principles of democracy and freedom of expression. Nobody can be persecuted for their opinion.”

Poland called on the leaders of the European Commission and the European Council to hold a special EU summit on Belarus. “In the face of the ongoing events in Belarus, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deep concern about the brutal pacification of post-election demonstrations. The harsh reaction, the use of force against peaceful protesters, and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable.”The Czech foreign ministry said in a statement: “These elections cannot be labelled as free and democratic.”  Lukashenko declared that the protests had been orchestrated by foreign agents from Poland, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

How about Hungary?   Lukashenko considers Orbán a good friend.  Hungary is his closest partner in the EU, as he said Hungary “understands us more than any other.”    Orbán is silent on the Belarus crackdown and Foreign Minister Szijjártó shifted the responsibility to Brussels by calling the EU “to pursue dialogue” with Belarus and avoid burning bridges.  “We are interested in EU decisions based on dialogue that do not make it impossible to build future relations between Belarus and the European Union.”

Orbán’s authoritarian regime is also losing popularity and there have been credible questions raised about his Fidesz party’s election tactics.

Make no mistake, Lukashenko’s regime might collapse soon but Orbán’s will last longer.  The anger of the people is increasing in Budapest and Orbán’s authoritarian regime is nervous.   Today Minsk, tomorrow Budapest…

György Lázár

4 Comments

  1. StillStrandedinSopron says:

    “Hungary’s corrupt “Viktatorship” is still stable at this moment, but you never know”

    You don’t but I don’t think PM Orban is ever going to make the mistake that Lukashenko did this morning by visiting a factory, expecting adulation and instead being faced by a gale of “boos”. Orban is self aware enough to know how much he is hated by a large proportion of the population and is never going to chance popping into the Audi factory or local Tesco to greet his devoted citizens (sic).

    We live in strange times though and Orban needs EU money to keep his regime afloat and so his possibilities of keeping Hungarians in check is thus limited.

  2. AHHHH!!!!

    “Orbán’s authoritarian regime is also losing popularity”

    Can we call that fake news? Based on polling data, I think we can!!! Fidesz has been credited with over 50% support among decided voters in most polls in the past few months and years. Its been steady for years in polls and election results. A quick online search can confirm this to be a fact.

    There is a clear difference (major difference) between Orban and Luka. Orban’s election winns are real. This also makes the constant claims of “authoritarian” pure fake news BS. Want to see authoritarian? Try looking at the decentralized acts of persecution in the US against anyone daring to criticize BLM for instance, where people are losing their jobs over a facebook post.

    Like this school principal:

    https://nypost.com/2020/06/15/vermont-principal-placed-on-leave-over-facebook-post-on-blm/

    Her post?

    “I firmly believe that Black Lives Matter, but I DO NOT agree with the coercive measures taken to get to this point across; some of which are falsified in an attempt to prove a point,” Riley wrote, according to the school’s website. “While I want to get behind BLM, I do not think people should be made to feel they have to choose black race over human race.”

    Perfectly reasonable in my view!!! Don’t have to agree, but in a democratic society all of us need to agree on a shared value, namely her right to say what she did! People are increasingly deleting their facebook posts, because cases like hers have become so wide-spread about 1/3 of people surveyed in US are now afraid of losing their jobs over making the “mistake” of expressing “incorrect” views. There is a Neo-Marxist ideological dictatorship now in place in the US, Canada and much of the Western World. Hungary is comparatively free!

  3. Both from the Dictators’ Club, don’t expect them to criticize each other or the club.

  4. Dez Szatmari says:

    Lil observer, always popping up with his “cold hard anger” of Orbán.
    Fascist, mafioso state run by the “victator”.
    Hulye kis mano!

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