No hope for democratization as long as Fidesz is around

In his press conference today, Jobbik MP István Szávay informed the media that Fidesz refused to cooperate in opening the Communist secret police files in order to finally settle the red past, even after 27 years. 

For the umpteenth time, Jobbik has submitted yet another bill that could enable Hungary to cleanse the political sphere from individuals with a history associated to the secret police. In its latest bill, the party proposed to establish an Institute of National Remembrance, based on the Polish example. The institute would process and open for research any files of the Communist secret police and have the power for investigation and pressing charges as well. If there was such an institute, even the Constitution could be amended in order to exclude individuals from the political sphere provided that the Institute identified them as Communist collaborators. 

Fidesz voted against the bill for made-up reasons. In Mr Szávay’s opinion, the real reason why Fidesz refused to back the proposal was because the government party was still protecting the former collaborators now filling their ranks.

He concluded that Fidesz’ anti-Communist rhetoric was not the manifestation of an inner conviction but a political communication tool.


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