The Minister Heading the Prime Minister’s Office paid a visit to Vienna’s Favoriten district as seen in a Facebook video which caused outrage in Hungarian and international, mainly in German-speaking press.
In a video published on Tuesday, Janos Lazar walks the streets of Vienna, speaking about the damage migration has done to the Austrian capital, claiming that all he sees is dirt, litter and disorder. The minister warned that Budapest can be like this in a few years if the “pro-immigration” opposition wins the elections.
“Evidently the streets are dirtier, evidently the area is poorer and there’s lots more crime,” Lazar says. “If we let them in and they will live in our cities, the consequences will be crime, impoverishment, dirt, filth and impossible urban conditions.” Lazar said only elderly pensioners remain in the Vienna district “among whites and Christians,” while “everyone else is an immigrant” for whom “a city within a city” is being created.
“There are a great number of schools in Vienna where there are no white Viennese children left, only the children of Muslim immigrants and immigrants from the Middle East,” Lazar said.
The video has been deleted from Facebook, but it’s been uploaded to Youtube by various users.
Vienna’s executive city councellor for international affairs, Renate Brauner tweeted that she “strongly protests” against the portrayal of the hometown in Lazar’s video. “We are bewildered and shocked that a politician verbally attacks the capital of a neighbouring country in such a way. The allegations are wrong in content and a sad example of xenophobia”.
A local leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ), Barbara Novak called it outrageous in a statement that Lazar tries to drag Austria into the Hungarian election campaign. Referring to Fidesz’s defeat in the mayoral by-election in Hodmezovasarhely, Novak wrote it seems the government is not afraid of using any methods after their catastrophic failure.
Austrian Kleine Zeitung asked Chancellor Sebastian Kurz too about the video, he said he hasn’t seen it yet, but he finds respectful co-existence important and he can only wish Hungarian cities to be like Vienna.
Lazar’s video was heavily criticised all over the Austrian and the German press, and was even featured in the The New York Times.
In a statement, Jobbik’s chairman and prime ministerial candidate Gabor Vona denounced Lazar’s video and apologised to the Austrians in the name of the government. According to the strongest opposition party’s leader, the video harms Austrian-Hungarian relations. He pointed out that several Hungarians have been moving to Vienna, and that the new Austrian government has recently implemented several measures to limit migration, and the Hungarian government also welcomed them.