Jobbik relabels the government’s billboards

The purpose of the campaign is to call people’s attention to the fact that while Brussels has not settled one single person in Hungary over the past three years, the government has already let 86 thousand immigrants into the country. In his Budapest press conference on Tuesday, Jobbik’s spokesman Péter Jakab said “if there is a crisis truly caused by massive immigration, then that crisis was triggered by none other than the Hungarian government”.

He criticized the administration for bringing in cheap Ukrainian labourers to break down any wage struggles and for granting more rights to the newcomers than the ones enjoyed by those who were born in Hungary. As an example of the latter, he mentioned the free accommodation, travel and language education provided for those coming from Venezuela.

He also criticized the government for allowing immigrants to enjoy the family home creation benefits and for planning to grant scholarships to 1400 Arab students while many young Hungarians are unable to finance their college education. Mr Jakab found it unacceptable that the Hungarian government vetoed the EU’s agreement with African states and the Arab League, which would have allowed for containing illegal migration locally.

The Orbán government seems to have put its trust in illegal migrants coming to Hungary so that it could use them for its own campaign purposes, the opposition politician stated, adding that “so far there’s only one group in Hungary to organize immigration and it’s called Fidesz”.

After demonstrating how the government’s billboards would be relabelled, Jobbik’s spokesman noted that whoever cast their ballots for Fidesz in the EP elections would actually “vote for the pro-immigration forces”.

Answering a question on Fidesz’ expulsion from the European People’s party, he said “Viktor Orbán is willing to do anything for power and money, he’s even ready to jeopardize Hungary’s EU membership”, as he places his own hatemongering campaign over the interests of the country. “For Fidesz, the East is the new West,” he asserted, adding that “opening to the East will mean a certain closure to the West.”

Reflecting on a statement by Jobbik’s ex-vice president Lórántné Hegedűs, who left both the party and its parliamentary faction, i.e., that she said she did not wish to cooperate with former Communists, Mr Jakab noted that “the current Fidesz faction has the highest number of former Communists sitting among them”, and Jobbik was fighting to clean the Parliament from them.