At the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual opening session, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán claimed that “If Hungary is protected”, it will be able to maintain an annual growth rate of 4% and reach full employment by 2022.
Continuing in this vein, the Premier claimed that, in order for Hungary “to be able to accomplish anything over the next four years”, no migrant should be allowed into the country, the border fence has to be protected, “Brussels should be made to pay” for at least half the costs of building the fence and “everyone actively involved in organising immigration” should be banned from the country, a reference to Fidesz’s controversial “Stop Soros” legislative proposal.
Orbán argued that, since his government took office in 2010, the IMF has been “sent home”; Hungary paid off its loans to the IMF and the EU, and the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.8%, with “full employment being at arm’s reach”. In addition, he claimed that the budget deficit has been kept under 3% over the past six years and public debt has been reduced. During this time, the government did not rely on the IMF, look to foreign models as examples to be followed, or “bow to any threat”, Orbán added.
In order to protect Budapest from migrants, Hungarians should not allow those wanting to make Hungary an “immigrant country” to form a government, PM Viktor Orbán said in a campaign video posted on his Facebook page. Orbán visited the capital’s 8th district canvassing for his party’s local candidate Máté Kocsis ahead of April’s general election. In the video, the PM claimed that
“Budapest and the 8th district must protect themselves from migrants, otherwise the events that happened earlier will happen once again. And it is quite clear that we do not want the events that happened at the Keleti Railway Station, or the John Paul II Square during the summer of 2015 to reoccur. We don’t want to see anything like this in Budapest again,”
In August-September 2015, Keleti Railway Station area and John Paul II Square saw large groups of migrants settling in the open or in tents, waiting to board trains from the station. “For this reason, we should not let those politicians to the steering wheel – because there are quite a number of them – who don’t serve the interests of the Hungarian people but want to make Hungary and Budapest an immigrant country,” Orbán added.
Opposing migration is still the main message of ruling Fidesz-KDNP’s campaign ahead of the April 8 elections. Representatives of the governing alliance are continuously highlighting that the stakes of the April 8 elections are whether Hungary becomes an “immigrant country” or ‘remains Hungarian’.
Since their surprising electoral defeat in Hódmezővásárhely, the Orbán government seems to have slightly scaled back its ‘Stop Soros‘ campaign. At the same time, however, they have geared up their campaign against migration and those criticizing the government’s attitude towards migrants and refugees. First, a new campaign video came out, which opens with scenes of the migration crisis and people shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, then portrays opposition leaders as being under Soros’ control, suggesting that if they were elected the same scenes would be repeated. Then, a new billboard campaign was been released recently which takes aim at the United Nations, attacking what it claims is the UN’s plans regarding the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis. In addition, earlier this week PMO chief János Lázár posted a controversial video which he made during a visit in Vienna, in which he claimed that “white Christians” were fleeing certain Viennese districts due to “migrants.”
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