Jobbik: the government wanted to destroy us but we are still alive and fighting

Péter Jakab and Márton Gyöngyösi thanked Jobbik members and activists for participating in the party’s election campaign despite the enormous headwind, and they also expressed their gratitude to whoever cast their ballots for a party sentenced to destruction by the Fidesz government. Jobbik says the achieved results (219,539 votes, 6.44%) should be evaluated in light of the fact that Fidesz went out of its way to practically terminate the party through SAO fines, subversion attempts, campaign bans and lies but none of its weapons were effective as Jobbik is still alive.

In his press conference held late Sunday night, Spokesman Péter Jakab especially thanked the party’s supporters for making a public stance for Jobbik in the past month, often risking their job in the process as there’s a huge jeopardy for citizens openly confronting the government in today’s Hungary. The politician explained that Jobbik was through the hardest year in its history because it had suffered many attacks from Fidesz which ultimately resulted in Jobbik winning over 250 libel suits. However, each of these lies about Jobbik could only be proved disproved later, through a lawsuit, by which time the damage was already done. The cases included character assassinations, subversion attempts, HUF billion in fines and outdoor media bans which, in Jobbik’s view, proves that the government wanted to burn Jobbik to the ground but they failed.

Evaluating the results, Mr Jakab noted that many Jobbik voters remained passive this Sunday, so the problem may have mainly lied in mobilization. He said they would draw the conclusions and the party would go into the municipal elections with a renewed effort. “We will not back down an inch, we will not surrender, we will fight this regime to the end,” said Mr Jakab, noting that his party would have to win 3200 battles against Fidesz in 3200 towns and villages in the autumn. He asserted that they would keep fighting Fidesz and “laugh in their face” when they take away their key bases such as the small settlements and villages. “In the meantime, we will carry out the necessary corrections in the party,” he added.

Gyöngyösi: We will struggle for Hungarian interests in Brussels

Jobbik’s executive vice president and MEP candidate Márton Gyöngyösi also thanked voters for their participation, especially those who voted for his party. He confirmed that they were through the hardest year in their history since they had to conduct their campaign under unprecedented pressure while their former president Gábor Vona stepped down. In his view, they had to work under such conditions that would prevent any political community from achieving a good result. However, “we are still here, Jobbik won a seat and we continue offering an alternative over Viktor Orbán,” he added.

Mr Gyöngyösi also said that Jobbik’s representative would stand against migration in Brussels, but not only the migration from the Middle East but against the immigration of Fidesz’ residency bond buyers and the guest workers as well. Jobbik continues representing the view that Hungary’s special border guard service must be re-established while the European Union must strive for a consensus on how to make such agreements with member states that benefit the whole continent.

As he put it, they would also continue fighting for the European Wage Union, i.e., to reduce the EU’s east-west wage gap but it required a new cohesion policy and therefore an international effort. He also talked about the rampant corruption in Hungary. He criticized the public prosecutor’s office for failing to efficiently address this problem so he stressed the need for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Jobbik’s executive vice president concluded the press conference by saying they would keep working for the EU funds to be truly beneficial for the Hungarian people and domestic enterprises, and while Hungary is being isolated in Europe on account of Viktor Orbán’s “irresponsible policy”, Jobbik will keep looking for allies and make consensus in the interest of the citizens.



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