Thousands of people marched in Budapest on Sunday at a demonstration organized by the far-right non-parliamentary Mi Hazánk party against the ‘Covid dictatorship,’ even though Hungary’s anti-Covid measures are the most lenient in Europe.
The radical party held the demonstration against the epidemiological rules and restrictions, demanding vaccination not to be made compulsory, and also protested against the vaccination of children. (In Hungary, employers were granted the right to require vaccination against Covid-19 as a precondition of employment, but the government has so far been against introducing a general mandate).
Mi Hazánk also protested against a recent government decision which converts the immunity cards used in Hungary into a vaccination card from February 15th (previously, Hungarians who recovered from COVID-19 were also eligible for a vaccination certificate but from February, people only are if they have received the third booster jab or took the second dose not longer than six months ago).
Speakers at the demonstration included, among others, the party’s president and candidate for prime minister, László Toroczkai, and the party’s deputy leader Dóra Dúró.
Toroczkai began his speech by saying that they are standing on the side of freedom and normality. “If we continue to stay on the streets, if we continue to put constant political pressure on the government, then we have a chance that this Covid dictatorship will not get worse,” said the politician, who believes that a never-before-seen dictatorship is being built.
Toroczkai, who is regularly introduced at these types of events as “Hungary’s only unvaccinated candidate for prime minister,” said they want to step up street resistance “against the vaccine terror” in the run-up to the elections.
Mi Hazánk has long been openly campaigning against coronavirus vaccinations. Although the radical party does not officially consider itself an anti-vaccine party, its politicians constantly relativize the seriousness of the epidemic and the benefits of vaccination.
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