1956 – Former PM Gyurcsány: Government ‘Enemy’ Of Free Hungary

  • 24 Oct 2017 11:00 AM
1956 – Former PM Gyurcsány: Government ‘Enemy’ Of Free Hungary
Ferenc Gyurcsány, leader of the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), called the government an “enemy of the civic, European and free Hungary” at a ceremony marking Hungary’s anti-Soviet uprising in 1956 and the sixth anniversary of the founding of DK on Monday. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “regime itself is a lie”, Gyurcsány insisted.

“Where the prime minister lies that there is democracy, there is tyranny; when he protects pensions, he steals them; when he talks about Europe, he is looking for handouts,” he said. He said that while 1956 united and divided Hungarians at the same time, the essence of the revolution were the dreams that spurred it on.

“Turning one’s back on the essence of 1956 is a serious mistake from a historical standpoint, while politically, it means siding with dictatorship instead of freedom,” the DK leader said. He said today’s ruling Fidesz party had nothing in common with the liberal Fidesz party founded in 1988, adding that DK had much more in common with the Fidesz of old.

Republished with permission of Hungary Matters, MTI’s daily newsletter.

MTI photo: Szigetváry Zsolt

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