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Hungary will never abandon its “uniformed officers”, the prime minister told a graduation ceremony of new police, disaster management and prison officers at the National University of Public Service on Saturday.

“The future for those in uniform doesn’t seem like it’s going to be simple,” Viktor Orbán said, adding that the world was witnessing “surprising and upsetting developments”.

“Wealthy countries have seen their health-care systems collapse within a matter of days, rich countries are on the way to financial collapse and major cities are seeing unprecedented waves of violence,” Orbán said.

Law enforcement and armed forces “are being humiliated both on the streets and in politics”, the prime minister said. “Police officers are being branded racist as their public standing is torn down along with statues. The state and the law has retreated from the streets.”

“But Hungary isn’t and will never be that kind of country,” Orbán said. Hungary’s finances are in order, its economy is healthy, the people are willing and able to work and the country’s growth potential is strong,” he added.

The prime minister also said that “all lives matter” in Hungary. “We prefer a world in which there is order, where common sense prevails, where the law protects the innocent rather than the criminals, a world in which we protect ourselves from migration, and were resources are invested into families and children,” he said. In order to preserve this kind of world Hungary will need the commitment, competence and honest work ethic of its newly graduated officers, he added.

Orbán also spoke about the importance of patriotism, saying that lawfulness, law and order were at the heart of Hungary.

“Everyday patriotism means feeling that the country one lives in is one’s homeland of which there is only one,” the prime minister said. “If this [one homeland] is lost, one can only continue their life in a place that belongs to someone else and where we could only ever hope to be tolerated, or, in a best case scenario, accepted.”

“So we’re ready to preserve it, and if necessary, fight for it from generation to generation, because this is the most valuable thing we can pass on to our children,” Orbán said, adding that the feeling of patriotism “binds us to a shared fate that is great and unique”.

This sentiment is especially strong in Hungarians, he said, adding that without patriotism, Hungary would hardly have been able to survive for as long as it has.

The prime minister added that if the newly graduated officers aimed to be good policemen, firefighters and disaster response officers, they would also need self-esteem.

featured image via Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

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