Jobbik leader calls demo “Hungarian march of the living”

Budapest, May 12 (MTI) – Radical nationalist Jobbik leader Gabor Vona called a demonstration of several thousand people staged by his party on Saturday afternoon a “Hungarian march of the living” and voiced sharp criticism of the “traitor policies of austerity” during the previous Socialist and the incumbent Fidesz government.

In front of the headquarters of the ruling Fidesz party, Vona said that if his party were on government it would expel international companies from the country: “they are not needed because they don’t create jobs for Hungarians”. Jobbik would also create a central bank “independent of the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the United States, and Israel. He said that Jobbik would terminate Hungary’s membership in the EU and would build a status for the country similar to Norway or Switzerland.

 

At the start of the demonstration in front of the opposition Socialist Party’s headquarters, Jobbik MP Daniel Z Karpat and MEP Krisztina Morvai demanded steps to boost the economy instead of austerity measures.

 

Morvai said that the political systems of both the Socialists – associated with governments between 2002-2010 – and the now ruling Fidesz party have failed and those two parties “must be expelled”. “Representatives, spokesmen, beneficiaries of the failed system must be deprived of political and economic power and they must be replaced with honest people,” she insisted.

 

Morvai argued that if a system fails to yield achievements, there is no point in applying fixes – “it has to be uprooted and replaced with a new system which can ensure a better life, peace and order for people living out of hard work”.

 

Z Karpat criticised the government’s economic Szell Kalman Plan 2.0 and said it was worse than the Bokros package – a controversial austerity programme introduced in 1995 – “it is worse than anything so far”. He insisted that measures associated with the government’s Szell Kalman plan would leave 240,000 forints (800 euros) less with families each year. The deputy also called on participants to boycott international banks and companies.