Orbán’s curse strikes again?

You can safely say there are serious concerns about the legitimacy of any election where the

outcome needs to be protected by armed forces against the protesting masses. We don’t know how

many votes Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko actually got and how many were cast for his

challenger. We might never know. Even if Lukashenko had really won, it would not have been such

a great political achievement considering that his opponents were arrested one after another before

the election day. The facts that huge crowds protested last night and the riot police is hitting regular

people with batons in the streets of Minsk clearly show that it’s time for Lukashenko to consider

stepping down.

Of course, it’s hard for me to give advice as a citizen of a country where the government also tends

to interfere with the results of the election and where there is a one-man authoritarian rule being built

– albeit in a much more sophisticated way. It’s quite difficult to give advice as the citizen of a country

where the previous political leader hardly shied away from using assault helmets and rubber bullets,

either.

On the other hand, as a Hungarian citizen and Member of the European Parliament, if I look at

European history in the past couple of centuries, I must conclude that peace, freedom and prosperity

were never achieved anywhere in our continent against the will of the nation.

In its Declaration of Principles, Jobbik stated that our party respects the freedom of the people and

there is no need for any party or leader to tell anyone how to live. As a Member of the European

Parliament, I strive for civil rights and democratic elections to be respected everywhere in the

European Union, including Hungary, as well as in all states, including Belarus, that seek economic or

political relations with the EU.

We will soon see if Orbán’s “fatal touch” curse strikes again, meaning that Lukashenko, just like

several other politicians before him, falls after shaking hands with Orbán. I am with the people.