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“We cannot accept that Brussels has abandoned Europeans, moreover, turned against them,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a speech marking Hungary’s March 15 national holiday. “We cannot tolerate their destroying our farmers, impoverishing the middle classes, driving European companies to bankruptcy, cribbing the rights of nations, making our children the slaves of their debts and tossing the whole of Europe into war.” “Hungary can only benefit from peace and we do not want war,” he told commemorators in front of the National Museum. “We in Budapest know what war is like … hundreds of thousands of dead, disabled, widows and orphans, destroyed bridges … tens of thousands of people that have lost everything … the life of a generation was destroyed in the latest war,” he insisted.
According to Orbán, “what Brussels has given Hungarians was war instead of peace, fuss around the rule of law instead of security, and financial blackmail instead of prosperity”. “They have deceived us and it is time we revolted and restored the self-assurance and self-esteem of European people,” the prime minister said. “Hungary is not alone, because though the Poles have been caught up in the torrent of Soros’s left, the Slovaks have risen, the Czechs are awakening, the Austrians are getting ready, the Italians are facing the right direction, the Dutch are ready to go and the Americans are in protest,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said, Europe, as well as the United States were “ahead of a sovereigntist turnaround”, which could “restore normal life and open a new, great epoch for Western nations, in which everybody could prosper … with the exception of those that breached their oath to serve their nation… that have worked in Brussels to take away funds from teachers … that would open the gates wide before migrants … and deliver our children into the hands of frenzied gender activists.” Those that “sold themselves out by the kilo to gain power … will meet the fate of traitors,” Orbán added.
Concerning the events of 1848, Orbán said the Hungarian revolution was “constructive, rather than destructive, it did not deny but create, it was true and beautiful, and it was not concluded in death but yielded life.” In March 1848 “Europe was engulfed in flames, there was blood in the streets of its capitals, and people were fighting on barricades in Vienna,” Orbán said. Hungarians, however, were “writing poems, wording the 12 points [of the revolution], and marched over from Pest to Buda … we freed political prisoners without a gunshot, we went to the theatre to see a patriotic play … and won a victory by the evening … that’s what revolution is like when it is led by young Hungarians,” he said.