At stake in the April 8 general election is whether Hungary remains Hungarian, the prime minister said in an interview published in a Budapest local paper on Wednesday, adding that an influx of migrants could worsen the quality of life and public safety.
Viktor Orban spoke to the 8th district’s government-run paper Jozsefvaros while visiting the district as the first stop of his campaign trail with local mayor Mate Kocsis of ruling Fidesz. Keleti railway station, the site of unrest in 2015 when migrants flooded the area, is located in the 8th district.
Speaking about migration, Orban said the arrival of migrants had been perceived “with shock” in 2015 because it took place in a city with an improving record of public safety.
“Budapest’s residents must be aware that their city is exposed to risk,” the prime minister said, citing as an example capitals and major cities in western European countries where he said the quality of life had deteriorated as a result of a mass influx of migrants.
“Budapest and its Jozsefvaros district must protect itself from migrants. Or else events that took place three years ago will repeat themselves,” he said, making reference to the presence of migrants in huge numbers at Keleti Railway Station and Pope John Paul II Square in the summer of 2015.
Orban said that to achieve this aim, “politicians that serve the interests other than those of the Hungarian people” must be prevented from entering power. The April 8 ballot will decide whether or not Budapest becomes an “immigrant or migrant city, and whether it remains the capital city of Hungary,” he said.
Orban said many could not imagine six to seven years ago that migration would bring about such a situation.
“The clearly visible demonstration of force by those who arrived here in 2015 from a non-Christian background, namely from Africa and Asia, has awaked in all of us the need to change our mindsets,”
He said that the economy, health care, education and urban development were important matters, but achievements in these areas are worth nothing if Hungary in the meantime is losing its own culture, he told the paper.
In connection with the election campaign, he said its tone had become increasingly “radical and crude”. He said Fidesz was a civic party that belonged in a national and Christian community.
The Hungarian government has been campaigning mainly with the topic of migration for the upcoming parliamentary elections on April 8, and accuses the opposition with pursuing pro-migration policies. According to them, if the opposition parties won the elections, they would demolish the border fence and resettle migrants in to the country. But so far all opposition parties have been denying this.
The politicians of the strongest opposition party, Jobbik reminded several times that it was Jobbik who had first suggested the construction of the border fence, and have been consequently demanding the re-establishment of the border guard. What’s more, Jobbik has been advertising on billboards that “if Orban goes, the fence stays” and they will pay attention to health care, education and higher wages.
Source: MTI/Hungary Journal