NGOs hold solidarity demo against ‘Stop Soros’ bill

Civil groups held a solidarity demonstration to protest against the government’s “Stop Soros” bill in front of Parliament on Monday, with speakers saying that rights organisations are not criminals and the bill violates basic rights.

Around fifty activists attended the event organised by Amnesty International (AI) which featured a ten-metre tall red, heart-shaped balloon showing the word “civil”. Helsinki Committee co-leader Marta Pardavi said it was the government, rather than civil groups, that needed to change its position. She asked lawmakers not to approve the bill.

AI Hungary director Julia Ivan said tens of thousands have expressed solidarity over the attacks against Hungarian civil organisations.

On Tuesday MPs are scheduled to debate the bill dubbed “Stop Soros” which would introduce amendments to the measures against illegal migration.

Ruling Fidesz said the Soros network is protesting against “Stop Soros” and the constitutional amendment because they want to move migrants to Europe and the “Stop Soros” package of laws will prevent this. In addition to protesting in Kossuth Square on Monday, they have tried to use their influence in every possible way to remove Hungary from the way of the “Soros plan”, the party said in a statement. Soros’s allies have launched attacks against Hungary’s anti-migration government and against Fidesz in Brussels, in the United Nations, in EU institutions and the international press, the statement added.

Source and photo: MTI

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