A member of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s inner circle has resigned after the prime minister publicly spoke out against Europe becoming a “mixed-race” people.
Zsuzsa Hegedus, who has known the nationalist Orban for 20 years, described his speech as a “totally Nazi speech,” according to local media reports.
The International Auschwitz Group, made up of Holocaust survivors, called the speech “foolish and dangerous”.
The Holocaust was a systematic extermination program sponsored by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party during World War II that killed millions of Jews and homosexuals, Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other minorities.
And Orbán’s spokesman said the press had misrepresented the comments.
The speech took place on Saturday (23) in the territory of Romania, which has a large Hungarian community. Orbán said in his speech that Europeans should be free to mix with one another, but mixing with non-Europeans created a “mixed-race world”.
“We are willing to mix with each other, but we don’t want to become a mixed race,” he declared.
Orbán’s anti-immigration views are well known, but for Hegedus, Saturday’s speech was too much.
“I don’t know how you (Orbán) didn’t realize that what you (Orbán) spoke was a Nazi diatribe totally worthy of Joseph Goebbels,” he wrote in his resignation letter, according to Hungarian news website hvg.hu.
Goebbels was Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany. He was known for his gift of eloquence and profound anti-Semitism.
Largest Jewish community Hungary He also condemned the speech and called for a meeting with Orban.
Analysis by the BBC’s Nick Thorpe in Budapest
Orban’s views on race have been harshly criticized by some Hungaryand is equally strongly defended by others.
“There is only one species living on this land, Homo sapiens. And it is unique and indivisible,” commented Chief Rabbi Robert Froelich.
Opposition politicians, who were decisively defeated by Orbán’s Fidesz party in April elections, said their views were “unacceptable…unworthy of a European politician”.
Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs tried to drown out the growing chorus of dissent, arguing that the prime minister has been outspoken on immigration and integration issues for years.
An article in the government-affiliated Magyar Nemzet newspaper praised Orban for defending the concept of nationhood against attempts to lump all nations into a “gray and indistinguishable mass.”
At best, Orbán seems confused, at times speaking of Hungarians as “a very mixed society” and at other times seeming to believe in ethnic purity.
The resignation of Zsuzsa Hegedus will have no further consequences Hungary. Party discipline was strict, and dismissals were almost unheard of.
In a letter to his longtime adviser, Orban backed up his words.
“You know that better than anyone Hungary “My government follows a policy of zero tolerance for both anti-Semitism and racism,” he wrote.
His spokesman, Zoltan Kovacs, said the mainstream media “exaggerated some of the harsher sentences on immigration and integration” but remained silent on the main points of the speech.
Orbán also talked about the war in Ukraine, Western support for the country had failed, economic sanctions against Russia were not working and argued that a peace deal should be prioritized.
Despite receiving large amounts of funding from the European Union, Orbán’s Hungarian government has often clashed with the crowd on rule of law issues such as press freedom and migration.
The Hungarian prime minister has had good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past and is the only EU leader to openly criticize Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In February this year, President Jair Bolsonaro met with Urban in Budapest. At the event, he called the Hungarian Prime Minister his brother and said there were political and ideological ties between Brazil. Hungary. According to him, both the countries represent the values of God, Motherland, Family and Freedom.
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