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viernes, 16 de marzo de 2018

Hungarian prime minister accuses George Soros of running clandestine ‘empire’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused George Soros on Thursday of running a secret “empire” seeking to destroy Hungary.

Speaking to a crowd at a rally ahead of elections next month, the nationalist, anti-EU leader accused his opposition of working for the Hungarian-born, open borders philanthropist.

Orban is often critical of Soros, who he believes is trying to undermine Hungary through mass immigration.

Orban: the opposition works for Soros

Tens of thousands of Orban supporters gathered at an electoral rally in front of the parliament in Budapest Thursday to show their support for the ruling party. Orban, who is seeking a third term on April 8, told the crowd to fight back against “external forces and international powers” who want to flood the country with migrants. Chief among them: George Soros.

“Let’s not fool ourselves: the real foes we need to fight aren’t anemic little opposition parties, but an international network organized into an empire,” he said.

Orban accused opposition parties of having the backing of a shadowy empire controlled by Soros, who Orban has frequently accused of trying to change Hungary with mass migration. Orban accused Soros’s “empire” of trying to influence the election with the help of “international speculators” and media bankrolled by multi-national companies.

“External forces and international powers want to force all this (immigration) on us … with the help of their henchmen here in Hungary, and they see the coming election as a good opportunity for this.”

Battle for Hungary’s future

Orban framed the election as a fateful battle for Hungary’s future:

They (external powers) want to take our country … they want to force us to give it up voluntarily over a few decades to strangers arriving from other continents who do not … respect our culture, our laws and our way of life.

Orban supporters were joined by thousands of supporters of Poland’s conservative PiS party. Poland and Hungary have attracted the ire of the European Union for their criticism of its migration policy.

The rally coincided with Hungary’s national holiday commemorating its 1848 revolution. Orban invoked Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the United States, Austria, and Italy as allies in the fight against open borders.

Opposition struggles to unify

The opposition parties used their own counter-rallies Thursday to trumpet an alliance to take on Orban. Despite accusations of corruption, Orban’s Fidesz party continues to lead in the polls.

Although Fidesz lost an unexpected municipal by-election recently, the disparate elements of the opposition have so far failed to forge a strong national challenge to Orban.

Orban has been frequently critical of Soros, who denies trying to sabotage Hungary with open borders policy. Orban, for his part, has drawn criticism from the EU for his illiberal, anti-immigrant stances, as well as for influencing the media and filling independent courts with allies from his party.

After losing an election in 2002, Orban regained power in 2010 and consolidated an illiberal, eurosceptic state that has become, along with Poland, one of the biggest challenger-states to the European Union in the continent.

There’s no doubt that Orban is correct regarding Soros and immigration, however. Soros is an unelected interventionist and should keep himself out of Hungary’s affairs.