Orbán adviser trashes ‘mixed-race’ speech in dramatic exit – OlxPraca

Barbed warnings of “Nazi” rhetoric flew on Tuesday as controversy over Viktor Orban’s “mixed race” remarks breached rarefied territory – the Hungarian prime minister’s own constituency.

Just four days later, Orbán shocked European leaders. Announcement As the countries “cere nations no longer,” one of the prime minister’s longtime advisers, the sociologist Zsuzsa Hegedüs, resigned on Tuesday after the interbreeding of different races.

And she didn’t do it quietly.

Hegde’s resignation letter – filled with anger – was promptly leaked, turning it into a public publicity stunt for Orbán’s speech.

“Worthy of Goebbels,” he said in the letter, which it was. saw By Hungarian magazine HVG.

A “pure Nazi text,” he added.

“It wouldn’t occur to me in my wildest dreams that you would be able to make a blatantly racist speech,” marveled Heggedes, who has worked for Orbán for more than a decade.

And it didn’t stop there.

Within hours, Orbán had published his piece. LetterClaims to have a “zero tolerance policy” against anti-Semitism and racism. Hegedüs shot back with one Second letter, invoking his parents’ experiences as Hungarian Holocaust survivors. Others died, he said, because too many people remained silent when hatred first emerged.

It was a remarkable turn of events in the wake of Orbán’s speech, in which he took aim at the “international left” for portraying Europe as an inherently “mixed-race population”. .

While the remarks drew a predictably flurry of rudeness from other European officials, the reaction Tuesday from within the inner ranks around Orbán was unexpected. Resignations are unusual in Orbán’s circles, and open dissent from allies even more unusual.

But Orbán’s speech also represented a turning point for the Hungarian leader.

Anti-LGBT protesters during the 2021 annual Pride Parade in Budapest, Hungary Janus Kummer/Getty Images

Although the far-right prime minister has long faced criticism from political opponents and civil society for fanning the flames of racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, his weekend The speech was more overtly racist than earlier remarks.

“We are ready to mix with each other, but we don’t want to be a mixed race,” Orbán declared, referring to the region spanning Hungary and Romania, where he was speaking.

Hegedüs took a new tone.

Noting that he has long struggled with his role since the prime minister’s “illiberal turn” — and even spoke directly to Orbán about his concerns over the anti-LGBTQ+ law — he ’s latest rhetoric, he said, still “shocked” him, crossing another line. .

Orbán’s response directly addressed Hegde as he defended himself.

“We have known each other for a thousand years,” he wrote – as Hegedüs did in his messages – an informal form of address reserved for friends in Hungary. “You may know that according to my understanding God created all men in His own image.”

He added: “So, in the case of people like me, racism is excluded. Now aww

Back in Brussels, the European Commission stayed out of the wider controversy, refusing to comment on Orbán’s comments.

But in a growing number of EU capitals, officials are beginning to speak out.

Luxembourg’s foreign affairs minister, Jean Esselborn, told OlxPraca in an email that Orbán “has committed a breach of civilization by identifying himself with the ideology of white supremacy.”

“They are hoping to reap political benefits by making such outrageous inflammatory statements – no matter what the cost,” the veteran minister added. “We can only condemn in the strongest terms the use of hate speech which reminds us of the darkest times of the 20th century on the European continent.”

In a text message, Finnish European Affairs Minister Tytti Tuppurainen pointed to a disconnect between Orbán’s words and the fact that “Hungary is part of all international organizations that are based on universal human rights.”

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Finnish Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen speaks to the press as she arrives for the General Affairs Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels. John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

While Toporinen cautioned that “these appalling statements do not represent all of Hungary,” he warned that they are nevertheless “isolating Hungary from civilized nations.”

He added that Orbán’s “surprising” strategy “will not end well for Hungary.” “We will not normalize this kind of racist history, but will be reminded every now and then. [people] That we are bound to work for human rights.

Orbán has made his name on the international stage by waging the culture wars over the years.

He has used Hungarian-American billionaire philanthropist George Soros as a stand-in for baseless international conspiracies targeting Hungary. It has demonized immigrants. And he has supported anti-LGBTQ+ measures that prevent minors from viewing images of homosexual or transgender people.

But the backdrop to Orbán’s latest announcements is a rapidly deteriorating economic situation exacerbated by unpopular tax changes that have drawn protesters to the streets.

Hungarian leaders are also struggling to unlock billions in pandemic recovery funds from the European Union, which has withheld the money over concerns about corruption and judicial independence.

His latest rhetoric will likely make it more difficult for Orbán to work with European partners.

“While we respect everyone’s right to free speech, including in the political sphere, we cannot warn against the disastrous effects of such deliberately provocative declarations,” Luxembourg’s Esselborn said. said

“This situation has become intolerable within the European Union,” he said, calling Orbán’s comments “a clear violation of spirit and letter.” [EU] Treaty” and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

“It’s also about our reputation as a community of values,” Esselborn said. “It’s time for action.”

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