The current period is an era of “opposition and rebellion”, Democratic Coalition leader Ferenc Gyurcsány said on Friday at an event marking the Day of the Republic commemoration.
“Hungarian patriots and democrats, regardless of where they come from, must join forces against the regime of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán,” Gyurcsány said, insisting that Hungary currently “has a single party system, and a republic cannot survive in such a system”.
“Our only task is to overthrow this regime and establish a new, fourth republic,” he said.
At the end of the event held on Kossuth Square near Parliament, Gyurcsány and head of the For a New Republic Foundation István Kolber laid a wreath at the statue of István Bibó.
On Feb. 1, Hungary commemorates the law on the proclamation of the Hungarian Republic in 1946, which has been a day of commemoration since 2006.
According to the Socialist leader, “there is nothing to celebrate on the Day of the Republic, because there is no republic in Hungary today.”
Bertalan Tóth, addressing an event in Budapest’s 13th district, said Hungary was a country headed by a president “not a king”, and that it is written down that “the state is a republic”.
“Yet there is no republic,” he said, insisting that a system had been established that shunned the basic institutions of the republic. He called on people to fight for a republic.
István Hiller, the (Socialist) deputy speaker, said the Republic proclaimed in 1989 “has not been killed but slowly buried”.
Socialist, DK, and Párbeszéd politicians laid flowers at a stone on the Carl Lutz embankment, commemorating the Republic proclaimed on this day in 1946.
Ruling Fidesz said in reaction that at Friday’s event, Gyurcsány had once again admitted that “the opposition has signed up together” to US billionaire George Soros’s European parliamentary election list. “Ferenc Gyurcsány has once again made it obvious that the politicians of the opposition will do anything for power,” the party said in a statement. “The left has unscrupulously joined forces with the Nazi and anti-Semitic Jobbik, and together they signed up for the Soros list to turn Hungary into a country of immigrants.”
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