The role of the Civic Societies and strong local communities was praised by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President of the Fidesz party, at the 20th anniversary meeting of the Downtown Civic Salon (Belvárosi Polgári Szalon) in Budapest, said Bertalan Havasi, the prime minister’s press chief.
The celebratory meeting was also attended by Péter Szentgyörgyvölgyi, Mayor of the 5th District, and Antal Rogán, former mayor and the prime minister’s chief of staff. Viktor Orbán said that what happened in Cukor Street in the 5th District over the past two decades is an example for the whole country. He added that he has always considered the Downtown Civic Salon as a model for civic societies, clubs, and salons.
FactThe Downtown Civic Salon was founded in the autumn of 2003, in the heart of Budapest, in the 5th District, on Cukor Street. The salon regularly organizes programs, usually inviting Hungarian public figures.
The Civic Societies is a conservative mass movement linked to Fidesz and was founded in 2002. Its political activity peaked between 2002-2006. The movement’s role was later limited to organizing local, public cultural events.
The prime minister referred to the fact that the right-wing has led the 5th District for 17 years. He also recalled the period of the establishment of the Civic Societies, and praised the role of Imre Kerényi, Imre Makovecz, and others in the creation of this national community. Without the Civic Societies, Hungary would not be the successful and strong country it has become, and Fidesz would not be in government either, Orbán said. All of this will also be important in the 2024 and 2026 elections, because without local “bastions,” national political battles cannot be won, the president of the party concluded.
Via MTI, Featured image: Facebook/Orbán Viktor