A reader’s comment on Orbán

The Financial Times has published some Orbán-bashing article again: “Viktor Orban: the rise of Europe’s troublemaker. ..The man who turned Hungary into a semi-authoritarian regime was once a democratic activist…” , etc.

This really wouldn’t be worth mentioning at all since the article itself is just  a collection of those old, tired clichés


which every left-liberal newspaper loves to spout about Viktor Orbán.

However a reader (no, it wasn’t me!) actually posted an excellent analysis in the comment section.  Hope it’s all right to republish the full post here without his/her permission.

The story of the “good guy goes bad” might have some artistic antecedents but is not an accurate portrayal of Orban since 1989. There is much more continuity between the Orban of 1989 and the Orban of 2018 than the article acknowledges. He has always been an implacable opponent of the left and its errors as he sees them. In 1989 this was the totalitarian communist left, in 2018 it’s the secular,internationalist, multiculturalist left. More recently, the left has so deeply infiltrated a decaying ‘liberalism’ that to attack it is to be portrayed as attacking the rule of law and democracy. Hence the ‘authoritarian’ label. He also remains a “nationalist” or “patriot” (depending on your view of these things) from telling the Russian Army to go home in 1989 to arguing against the EU imposed migrant quotas in recent times. Unashamed of putting his country and its people first (long before the Trumpster chanted “America first”) this has antagonised the EU, NGOs or even multinational firms (more recently) who have become a chorus of disapproval. He also remains, despite all the insinuations, a democrat and a very successful one at that. If the result of the next election is predictable it’s because Orban’s party machine is unbelievably more effective than the fragmented opposition that exists in the wake of the Socialists self-destruction in 2006-2010. The problem of the Hungarian opposition is not Orban – who presents an obvious and easy target, it is egos, fragmentation and some say possibly the comfort of foreign donations that find their way to a “professional liberal” opposition. Despite the scare-mongering in the international media, when I visited Hungary last year, I saw posters attacking Orbán for corruption (mentioned in the article – to its credit) . I also see a thriving domestic Hungarian language opposition media, online and in print. Hungary remains a place where you can think, say and write what you like, organise politically as you like and vote accordingly. Protests happen regularly and unlike in 2006 under the socialist / ‘liberal’ government the police are not beating up protestors. Interesting that those weren’t covered in the international media of the period nor was the socialist era corruption; how unlike today’s long form “exposés”. (Garton-Ash’s talk of a hybrid state is laughably off beam.) Orban is a conservative of the old school – which is why he has plenty of support in the EPP and in neighbouring Austria and Germany. His position is not a million from the old Christian Democrats, before the compromises Merkel made to hold on to power. He was a mentee of Kohl until the end and I speculate would’ve been an ally of Adenauer. Although he’s more religious, conservative and politically astute than in 1989, perhaps a by-product of aging and accumulated life experience, he is very much the same man as then. He retains his uncanny political instincts and a reassuringly Conservative detachment from too much ideology. He has proven unafraid of shaking up the ex-communist deep state (by then wearing ‘liberal’ garb) who promptly went shrieking to their western allies and fellow-travellers. He added to his enemies list by not kowtowing to ‘liberal’ shibboleths such as multiculturalism (the migrant controversy), political correctness (gay marriage will not be arriving in Hungary – 2011 constitution) and states whose ethical foundation is atheistic in practical terms (special recognition for religious communities in Hungary – 2011 constitution) . This unwillingness to kowtow has made him a lightening rod for an assortment of enemies, including Soros and his foundations (no long form exposés on them in the FT ! ). Being Orbán, this is a role he makes his own and on previous form will find a way to turn to his advantage – indeed a remarkable man.


Of Jobbik, the illegal migrants and refugees

These days we may witness quite peculiar developments in Hungarian domestic politics… which do have international relevance.  One may definitely spot a universal pattern for the left-liberal attitude in general and their so-called “values” in the following story!

As some of my readers may know, Jobbik is a (former?) far-right party which surfaced out of nowhere in Hungary in about 2008. They appeared on the political scene by their winning three European parliamentary seats in 2009 and then they made it into the Hungarian Parliament in 2010 as a rather significant opposition force. Their main political agenda appeared to be creating and riding anti-Gypsy and anti-Jewish sentiments arising from Hungary’s de-facto economic bankruptcy  in 2008.   The international mainstream media were very keen indeed to illustrate all their reports from Hungary with such pictures of “Nazi Jobbik rallies”:


A 2014 picture of Jobbik supporters from an MSM article (Reuters)

The so-called “progressive forces”, that is the remnants of the PC-liberal regime which ran amok in Hungary between 2002 and 2010, never failed to accuse Fidesz and PM Orbán of collusion with “Nazi Jobbik” either in those times.

As in 2010, PM Orbán’s Fidesz-KDNP  had a landslide victory again in 2014.   The climax of the  illegal migration crisis , which put Hungary in international limelight, occurred in the autumn of 2015.  This was the time when Orbán’s government eventually built a border fence in order to protect Hungary, and Europe, from the so-called “refugees”, that is hordes of Middle Eastern and African illegal migrants whose influx was actively supported by the “NGOs” of George Soros, by Angela Merkel’s Germany and by the EU itself, stormed Hungary.   Then Jobbik demanded “tougher measures” against them and the “progressive ones”, that is the postcommunists and PC-liberals, were blowing the Refugees Welcome Because Illegal Migration is a Basic Human Right trumpets.  You may know this as the deeply hypocritical and false  “Willkommenskultur” phenomenon.

Then only about a year later,   Jobbik and those progressive ones,  the very same people who used to drool about “Orbán’s collusion with the neo-Nazi Jobbik”,  started to befriend each other spectacularly. This rapid process was called “Jobbik’s people’s party turn”.   Soon PC-liberal “celebrities”, such as Marxist philosopher Ágnes Heller, started advocating “a technical coalition with Jobbik in order to remove Orbán from power”. The international mainstream media quickly followed suit and they took a liking to Jobbik very soon, too.

So ex-“Nazi” Jobbik campaigned against a referendum which the Orbán-government initiated so that Hungary’s Constitution could be changed in order to block the EU’s mandatory migrant quotas. (The ruling parties lost their supermajority in a by-election in 2015 which they won on the 2014 elections as they did in 2010.   A supermajority, that is two thirds of the seats in the Hungarian Parliament, is needed to change the Hungarian Constitution.).  Jobbik didn’t vote for the proposed constitution amendment  and they also tried to blackmail the government parties.  Soon Jobbik even stood up for the so-called “civil organizations”,  Soros-financed  NGO’s supporting and organizing illegal migration into Europe, and his privileged Central European University which is a training facility for PC-liberal Social Justice Warriors!

Vona, leader of the radical Jobbik party attends an interview with Reuters in Budapest

A 2017 picture about Jobbik chairman Gábor Vona in an MSM article (Reuters)

And now comes the punchline of the story.  It made news a few weeks ago that Hungary provided temporary protection to about 1300 people in 2017 who submitted their asylum application at the border fence.  PM Orbán said in a  radio interview last Friday:

That is about people who are in need of protection, who are in need of protection under international law: people who differ from migrants in the sense that, first of all, they knocked on our door. The migrants, you see, left a trail of destruction on our country’s border and they entered the territory of Hungary illegally; and not only did they fail to obey Hungary’s laws, but they declared that they would not obey our laws. The people we are talking about now – these 1,300 people – politely waited at the border, they knocked on our door, they went to the official border crossing-points, and they told us that they needed protection. Most of them, by the way, are women and unaccompanied minors. The Hungarian authorities said that they would examine their applications; and incidentally the legal basis for this is formed by the international asylum conventions, which the Hungarian parliament earlier incorporated into our legal system. We have never accepted EU regulations on migrant quotas, and we shall never adopt them. So here in Hungary nobody can claim any rights based on those regulations. So we’ve assessed these people, we’ve seen that they truly are in need of protection, and we’ve granted them this on a temporary basis. This is an important point, because from the moment that they no longer need protection they must immediately return to where they came from.

So they won’t become Hungarian citizens?

They never will be. In Brussels we are condemned, and organisations operating in Hungary which support immigration condemn us, because we only grant protection which is temporary, and we don’t offer the opportunity of permanent residence. Incidentally the figures on exactly how many such people are present in Hungary are regularly released by the Immigration Office.

Now the left-liberal “progressive ones” in Hungary, in unison  with their newly found ally Jobbik, are talking of  “Orbán backing migration, conspiracy to settle migrants in Hungary”!  Hungarian speakers may want to watch  this  recent  video as a “Hungarian Cathy Newman” was serving as a microphone stand for a Jobbik party spokesman for this very purpose.  You just couldn’t make this up.



We must defend Christian culture



An excerpt from Prime Minister Orbán’s 2017 Christmas greeting:

When we draw the boundaries of our identity, we mark out Christian culture as the source of our pride and sustaining strength. Christianity is a culture and a civilisation. It is within this that we live. The essence is not how many people go to church, or how many pray with true devotion. Culture is the reality of everyday life: how we speak and behave towards one another; the distance we keep from one another and how we approach one another; how we enter this world, and how we leave it. For European people, Christian culture determines the morals of our daily lives. In borderline situations, this gives us a benchmark and a compass. Amidst the contradictions of life, Christian culture shows us the way. It determines our understanding of justice and injustice, the relationship between men and women, family, success, work and honour.

The fundamental elements of European life are now under attack. There is now a threat to the self-evident nature of European life: those things one should not need to think deeply about, but on which one only has to act. The essence of culture is that if it is not self-evident, we the people will lose our reference points: one will have no footholds, and one will have nothing against which to check one’s clock or one’s compass. Regardless of whether or not we attend church – or if so, which one we attend – we do not want to be forced to celebrate Christmas behind drawn curtains in order to avoid hurting the feelings of others.

We do not want our Christmas markets to be re-branded and we definitely do not want to have to retreat behind concrete barriers. We do not want our children to be deprived of the joys of Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus and the Christmas angels. We do not want to be robbed of the Feast of the Resurrection. We do not want our religious festivals and ceremonies to be haunted by anxiety and fear. We do not want our women and daughters to be molested in crowds of New Year’s Eve revellers.

We, Europeans are Christians. All this is ours, and this is how we live…

Please note that the above text violated the “Community Standards” of the British left-liberal The Guardian and it was censored.


The Hungarian October which shook the Communist world

We commemorated the 61st anniversary of the Hungarian anti-Communist revolution and freedom fight against the occupying Soviet troops.

The weather wasn’t particularly nice since it was raining and coldish. Still, a large crowd gathered to listen to PM Orbán’s speech. The post-communist left-liberals, who  love to call themselves “democratic opposition”, cancelled their planned rally  “against Orbán’s dictatorship”  (no kidding, that’s how they speak indeed!) “because of the adverse weather conditions”.  In plain English: because of a lack of interest.


In the middle of the crowd….  I couldn’t see the speaker, or a screen, but at least I could hear him well.


Just like on the 15th of March, some “democrats” were blowing their whistles to disturb Orbán’s speech this time, too, but at least not inside the crowd.

You may watch the full speech, with English subtitles, here:

Orban: Western liberalism is suicide

“We have to turn against the Soros plan which would turn Central European countries into immigrant countries with mixed cultures and populations”, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at the 11th Congress of the Alliance of Christian Intellectuals (KESZ) in the parliament.

via Orban: Western liberalism is suicide — Hungary Journal

The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils. In seeking to do so, it encounters obstacles which are deeply rooted in human nature. One is that by the very order of things such evils are not demonstrable until they have occurred: at each stage in their onset there is room for doubt and for dispute whether they be real or imaginary. By the same token, they attract little attention in comparison with current troubles, which are both indisputable and pressing: whence the besetting temptation of all politics to concern itself with the immediate present at the expense of the future.

At all events, the discussion of future grave but, with effort now, avoidable evils is the most unpopular and at the same time the most necessary occupation for the politician. Those who knowingly shirk it deserve, and not infrequently receive, the curses of those who come after.

Enoch Powell, the 20th of April, 1968

An exercise in deep hypocrisy and imperial arrogance

The Hungarian parliament has passed a law which requires foreign funded NGOs, such as Soros-paid Helsinki Committee, Human Rights Watch, etc. to declare that they are funded from abroad.

Donald Trump’s Department of State has issued this very strongly worded statement:

Statement on Government of Hungary’s Legislation Impacting Non-Governmental Organizations

The United States is concerned by the Hungarian parliament’s passage of legislation that unfairly burdens and targets Hungarian civil society, which is working to fight corruption and protect civil liberties. By portraying groups supported with foreign funding as acting against the interests of Hungarian society, this legislation would weaken the ability of Hungarians to organize and address concerns in a legitimate and democratic manner. If signed into law, this would be another step away from Hungary’s commitments to uphold the principles and values that are central to the EU and NATO.

The Hungarian law is actually a softened version of the Foreign Agent Registration Act of the USA.


An explanation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act

No, nothing has changed at all in the international relations between the USA and Hungary since Donald Trump took office.

Update:  The Hungarian government’s spokesman has just responded to the statement of the US State Department:


In the USA Soros organisations could never do what they are doing in Europe – Reaction to the recent statement from the US Department of State

The most recent statement by the US Department of State is another stark example of double standards, since the regulation in force in the USA is much stricter than that in Hungary. In the USA Soros organisations could never do what they are doing in Europe.

The Act on the Transparency of Organisations Funded from Abroad has been subjected to an ongoing disinformation campaign in the international media, strongly assisted by Soros organisations. It is regrettable to see even the US Department of State being misled on this issue.

If they were accurately informed about the published legislation, they would certainly recognise that the Hungarian law is based on the American model – the FARA Act, or Foreign Agents Registration Act – but is much less restrictive than its US counterpart. In the United States of America, since 1938 there has been a requirement for organisations funded from abroad to be registered. The Hungarian proposal, which is much more lenient than the American regulations, in no way restricts the right of free association or the functioning of non-governmental organisations. The Act includes a single new element: the foreign funding of such organisations must be made transparent, just as it is in the United States.

We would like everyone to see which organisations funded from abroad are seeking to influence Hungarian public life and migration policy in accordance with foreign interests. An overwhelming majority of Hungarians support the legislation: in the recent National Consultation, ninety-nine per cent of respondents supported adoption of the legislation.




The World Congress of Families in Budapest

This morning Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has opened the Budapest Demographic Forum/Budapest Family Summit which is now being held under the auspices of the global World Congress of Families.  WCF  is an annual congress which is dedicated to families (as meant by normal, decent people or as it is defined in Hungary’s Constitution:  a life union of exactly one man and exactly one woman and their children!) and it’s an important forum for conservatives throughout the world.


Incidentally, on this occasion, George Soros’ CEU university, which (unfortunately) the last couple of posts of mine were about, didn’t miss either to promote their sick left-liberal views:

The Central Eastern European region is quickly becoming a key player in the support of regional anti-gender movements and global right-wing politics. For example, the World Congress of Families and the International Organization for the Family, a large coalition of conservative organizations from around the globe, will host their annual conference in Budapest in late May under the theme “Building Family-Friendly Nations: Making Families Great Again.” Such developments require serious academic engagement and persistent multidisciplinary discussion.

With our invited guests we will review the gendered and hetero-normative aspects of right-wing discourses on the family, the root causes of such discourses and policies, and their consequences for LGBTQ rights and reproductive justice. The panel will provide an overview of the geopolitical stakes in focusing on particular formations of the family, as well as on the support for LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice in the post-Cold War world order. We will take a closer look at the Hungarian context and the role of discourses on the family in local and regional politics. This discussion between scholars and activists offers an intersectional perspective on gendered discourses and politics in light of the globalized right-wing movements.

Anyway, here are the major points PM Orbán made in his opening speech:

  • Europe is losing big time concerning the reproduction of her population. There are two approaches to solve this existential crisis: immigration and  supporting families … which is the Central European way.
  • Orbán said that his government is strongly committed to solving  Hungary’s demographic crisis by supporting Hungarian families instead of supporting mass immigration from the Middle East and Africa, which is still the preferred “solution” in Western and Northern Europe.
  • Hungary has succeeded in stopping the illegal mass immigration at her Southern borders.  “If that’s possible at all, Hungary will more even more resolute to defend her borders, regardless of any EU disapproval”, said Orbán.
  • Hungary lost about a million people in the last few decades and that’s more than our loss in WWII.  There were 10,8 million people living in Hungary in 1980 and now there are only 9.8 million.
  • Hungary’s fertility rate (the average number of children per woman) now stands at 1.5.  Orbán pledged that his government will increase the fertility rate to the level which is necessary to replenish the population, that is to 2.1, by 2030.
  • He announced a number of pro-family measures for 2018.  He also emphasized that Hungary’s subsequent governments must also exhibit this kind of supportive attitude for families.

The announced measures are the following:

  1. More family tax breaks, focussed on two-child families.
  2. 50% of the student loan will be paid by the government for those women who have student loans.  The student loan will be paid off entirely by the government for those women who have three or more children!
  3. Child care support will be provided for an additional year for women with degrees in higher education. Student mothers will be provided with this benefit until their child is two year old.
  4.  The Hungarian families with mortgages will be paid one million Forints (3250 EUR/2820 GBP/3660 USD) for their third child and one million Forints for each one after.
  5. The government initiates a “huge programme” to build, or to renovate, crèches (day care centres)
  6. Soon the Hungarian families living abroad may also have access to Hungary’s “baby bonds”. (This is a type of treasury bond with the objective of stimulating savings for children by their parents. Parents must make small monthly contributions and, in return, the child receives a guaranteed minimum amount tax-free upon turning 18.)
  7.   The government establishes a “family studies” think-tank which PM Orbán expects to become of international fame.



Is Donald Trump another Hillary Clinton?

After four months into Trump’s presidency, I cannot see any kind of “new beginning in the Hungary-USA relations”.

Today the State Department of the USA has issued yet another, rather brutal, press statement in defence of George Soros’ CEU university.

The United States again urges the Government of Hungary to suspend implementation of its amended higher education law, which places discriminatory, onerous requirements on U.S.-accredited institutions in Hungary and threatens academic freedom and independence.

The Government of Hungary should engage directly with affected institutions to find a resolution that allows them to continue to function freely and provide greater educational opportunity for the citizens of Hungary and the region.

The U.S. Government has no authority or intention to enter into negotiations on the operation of Central European University or other universities in Hungary.


Well, if the U.S. Government, unlike every other government of the affected foreign universities in Hungary,  “has no authority or intention to enter into negotiations on the operation of Central European University or other universities in Hungary” then George Soros’ university will be closed. It’s simple as that.

No,  Heather Nauert , who signed the press release, is not a relic from the Obama administration. She was appointed a month ago and she used to work for Trump-friendly Fox News.


Update:  I’ve just seen the response from Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

The Hungarian government wants an agreement on CEU and we regret that there’s no support from the US administration for that.  Our negotiator, the Prime Minister’s emissary Kristóf Altusz has been waiting for an official reply from our American partner for more than three weeks. A press release is very far from being an official diplomatic response.  This is most regretful considering the fact Hungary and the USA made three agreements in education matters in the last few decades. Hungary respects academic freedom and nobody endangers the independence of universities. The Hungarian higher education law is not discriminatory and none of the affected foreign universities, or the ambassadors of the host countries, for example that of China or Malaysia, raised objections. Three of the affected USA universities also seem to be cooperative.

The Soros university controversy

The Hungarian Education Office prepares a regular review about the higher education institutions in Hungary. The latest review has revealed problems in 27 of the 28 foreign universities operating in Hungary, regarding their operational licences and course accreditations as well as problems with their cooperation with the state.  The American McDaniel College, which defines itself as a liberal institution, was the only foreign university which was fully cleared.

Based on these findings, the Hungarian human resources ministry submitted an amendment to the higher education law this Tuesday evening. The proposal includes that  foreign universities in Hungary could operate only under an international agreement to be concluded between the university’s home country and the Hungarian state. 

On the very next day, on Wednesday, the global media (Reuters, BBC, Washington Post, etc.) was full of articles like this one in the Guardian  They were all bashing Hungary hard for “attacking academic freedom” and what have you.  All the articles were really wailing only because of CEU (Central European University), a private university founded and paid by billionaire George Soros, the mastermind behind Europe’s flooding with illegal migrants.

Incidentally this quote from The Guardian made me giggle:

The university’s departure would deal a serious blow to higher education in Hungary and the country’s reputation as a regional leader.

The left-liberals have been telling us for ages what an unimportant and side-lined country Hungary has become since 2010 (when Orbán took office)…

The liberal mayor of Vilnius (Latvia’s capital) released a much publicized public letter on Wednesday morning, stating that they’d be happy to host CEU.  (Please, do so!)

usempbceuThe USA embassy in Budapest was up in arms immediately as well and they issued this statement:

Together with some Democrat politicians in the USA, the American president of CEU issued threats regarding “the relations between the USA and Hungary”.   President Michael Ignatieff also insisted on his Wednesday press conference that “CEU complies with regulations and these issues must be discussed in talks”

Today the State Department of the USA has also issued a statement:

The United States is concerned about legislation proposed by the Government of Hungary on March 28th that imposes new, targeted, and onerous regulatory requirements on foreign universities. If adopted, these changes would negatively affect or even lead to the closure of Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

CEU is a premier academic institution accredited in the United States and Hungary, with staff and students from over 100 countries. It has strengthened Hungary’s influence and leadership in the region through its academic excellence and many contributions to independent, critical thinking.

We urge the Government of Hungary to avoid taking any legislative action that would compromise CEU’s operations or independence.

I wonder if President Trump is concerned about Soros’ university, too?

Prime Minister Orbán has responded to the hysteria briefly this morning in his regular fortnightly radio interview: “even if you’re a billionaire, you’re not above the law”. Whether CEU could operate in Hungary in the future would depend on talks between the USA and Hungary and on a future agreement between the two countries.  Answering a question whether negotiations would be held with the CEU, he said that “all the CEU has to do is to comply with the law.  We’re not going to have talks with them because they are not the US government even if that’s what they might want to be”


The Business School of George Soros’ Central European University

Well, I certainly keep my fingers crossed that CEU will not provide courses in “gender studies” in Budapest soon.  The Soros network must be driven out of Hungary as soon as possible.

Update:  Response of the Government of Hungary to the press statement of the Department of State of the United States of America

The Government of Hungary found it with surprise that the Department of State of the United States released a press statement that is based on factual errors.

Hungary is a sovereign country which formulates its external relations in the spirit of mutual respect, goodwill and with the aspiration to reach compromise. According to our intentions, non-EU universities may operate in our country only if Hungary has entered into an inter-state agreement with the country of origin for the university. Accordingly, the Government of Hungary is ready to engage in talks with the Government of the United States with respect to György Soros’s university in Hungary.

Update on the 4th of April:   With the vote of every and each gov’t MP, Hungary’s parliament has passed the fast-tracked amendment to the education law today.

Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States to Budapest David Kostelancik has issued the following statement:

The United States is disappointed by the accelerated passage of legislation targeting Central European University, despite the serious concerns raised by the United States, by hundreds of local and international organizations and institutions, and by thousands of Hungarians who value academic freedom and the many important contributions by Central European University to Hungary.

The Central European University is a successful and prestigious American-Hungarian institution and has been an important component of the U.S.-Hungarian relationship for 26 years. The United States will continue to advocate for its independence and unhindered operation in Hungary.

Deputy Secretary State Kristóf Altusz of Hungary’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned Mr. Kostelancik (and  Germany’s Chargé d’Affaires) tomorrow morning in response.

March 15

It’s the 15th of March today which is the most patriotic Hungarian national holiday. Hungarians wear a cockade on this day of the year to commemorate the 1848 anti-feudalism revolution and the ensuing freedom fight against the Austrian empire.  Eventually the Hapsburg ruler called for help from the Russian tzar, within the framework of the post-Napoleonic  Holy Alliance, and the preponderance of  Russian army defeated the Hungarian one in August, 1849.


I’ve just returned from the city where I was listening to Prime Minister Orbán’s speech. Here is my cockade and here is some food for thought from his speech:

“March 15 is proof that we lived, we live and we’re going to live. That’s our triumph.  We have always won the wars for the survival of our country and nation here at the crossroads of cultures, empires and civilizations…

On this day, an assassination shook ancient Rome 2061 years ago. Revolutions broke out in Europe in 1848 and Europe is approaching a state of revolution now, too.  Nations rebelled against the Unholy Alliance of Brussels bureaucrats, the liberal global media and  international bankers always craving for more profit. First the Brits rebelled then the Americans did and this year the rebellion will continue… Brussels and the international financial capital may not care about the safety of European peoples. But we do.  They may not care about our staying Hungarian. But we do. We must defend our borders, we must prevent crowds with alien cultures from settling here, we must make the foreign financed lobby networks transparent and we must keep the right of deciding on our taxes, minimal wages or our regulations for utilities.”


Since our Polish friends took their own good part in these historic events,


traditionally Polish people come to Budapest on March the 15th to celebrate, too.

That’s why Orbán’s speech could be read in Polish on a nearby screen.


As always on this day, there will be family programmes as well.

DSC_0021However not only Hungarian and Polish patriots attended the speech.  This man, surrounded by a gang of similarly looking men, started a very loud siren close to the place where I was standing.  Surprise, surprise: Three or four busy photojournalists were shooting their expensive cameras right there…  “Something should be done” was the helpless word in the crowd which did want to listen to  Orbán’s speech.  Tensions were rising.  I took this picture of the siren man and I quickly made my way back through the crowd where I had seen some heavily built, bouncer looking security guys.  I guided them to the yellow trousers.  His siren was still on. There was no justling or fighting. After a few minutes of talking and muscle flexing, the security guards made the siren stop and they escorted yellow trousers and his cohort out of the crowd. Hopefully I ruined the day for the photo reporters. 😮

All right, now back to the family programmes. 🙂

Update:  Read, or listen to, the full speech in English here.

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