Hungary’s authoritarian regime attemps to muffle opposition chanllanger, says Jobbik
According to Jobbik’s press release, the government has been using force to attack the freedom of speech and the leading opposition party, Jobbik.
György Szilágyi, Jobbik MP said, After suppressing the freedom of the press, Fidesz is now restricting the freedom of speech, too. Applying unlawful force through government agencies, the regime began scraping off outdoor media signs owned by Jobbik. The acts of the government agency constitute vandalism and a violation of private property rights. We will take all possible legal actions against the vandalism and vandalizers now raised to government level.
Viktor Orbán has already been showing signs of paranoia in his fear of Jobbik, says Szilágyi.
Szilágyi said: “They have been employing countless lowly and dishonest means against us (smear campaigns, illegal surveillance) but they have now sunken so low that they are using force to remove legitimate political messages. Typically enough, the government applies unscrupulous and illegal measures against three things: the real blocking of migration, raising wages and holding corrupt politicians accountable.
These are the three pledges that the Orbán regime particularly dislikes since they were the ones represented on the billboards scraped off.”
Jobbik refuses to tolerate the use of means characteristic of dictatorships, Szilágyi told at the press conference. He said, this is where we must draw a line, we will not allow them to build up an authoritarian system! Let Jobbik win in 2018!
We wrote on June, Hungarian parliament passed an amendment tightening regulations on political billboard advertising, replacing a law previously passed by parliament banning political billboard ads outside campaign periods that President Janos Áder had returned to lawmakers for reconsideration.
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As we wrote on August, several new unmarked posters appeared on the billboards related to Lajos Simicska’s company. These are the same interfaces where the mysterious “A nép nem betiltható, de a kormány leváltható” (“The people cannot be prohibited, but the government can be changed”) messages had been earlier.
Source: Press release – Jobbik