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Rebellion is a “patriotic duty” for those who are “fed up with the Orbán regime”, Ferenc Gyurcsány, leader of the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), said in Budapest.

“One who wishes to live as a Hungarian patriot in this world should revolt,” Gyurcsány said in a keynote speech assessing the past year. The judge who rejected to convict the homeless and the physicians and nurses who quit the Military Hospital which is in “dismal condition” and prefer to turn to the public were right to revolt, he said. Gyurcsány said that individual revolts would only succeed if the community as a whole will also revolt. “Last autumn brought hope; the country began to show resistance, maybe even to revolt,” he said.

Gyurcsány said he would not have thought that the demonstrations against the “slave law” would bring together first the opposition parties inside parliament, and later those outside it as well the way they did.

He admitted that the parties that are now trying to cooperate have a “complicated past”, but added that “I am less interested in the road than in the goal itself”. Gyurcsány said he does not expect anyone to arrive unblemished when joining this fight because the goal is to create a European, democratic and civic Hungary. When this has been achieved, the parties that fought for this goal together will be able to clarify their differences under democratic circumstances, he said.

“[Viktor] Orbán’s government may be politically successful, but historically it is disgraceful and doomed to failure,” he said. Gyurcsány said that the politician who is unwilling to sign international agreements on the ways of solving the refugee problem wants to keep it unresolved which he thinks would help him remain in power.

The ex-premier said the European parliamentary election would be crucial. It will depend on its outcome whether Europe will be strong and serve the interests of its citizens, as envisaged by the policies of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or become a continent that is trying to scare its own population and lock itself up, as envisioned by Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini and Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán. “If the latter becomes reality, member states would sooner or later turn against each other, unleashing first trade wars, and later different ones”, Gyurcsány said.

Gyurcsány is a blatant liar, said Máté Kocsis, head of the ruling Fidesz party’s parliamentary group, commenting on the speech. Kocsis said Gyurcsány obviously cares only about money and power and will not refrain from either inciting violence or cooperating with an extremist, anti-Semitic party. He called DK the most vocal representative of the pro-immigration policy in Hungary.