Fidesz publicist Zsolt Bayer issues threat to protesters

April 12, 2017

Controversial Fidesz publicist Zsolt Bayer published a post on his blog on Tuesday in which he criticized expressions of concern coming from the American government over Hungary’s recent passage of a repressive higher education law.

Bayer, who is well-known for writing profane, anti-Semitic columns in pro-government media and for making bold personal attacks, asserted in his blog post that the United States’ position on the new law, known as lex CEU, can be attributed to “the American foreign policy still serving the old guard, there (too) Soros is still the boss.”

Bayer continued in what seemed to be a threat of violence against protesters who have continually taken to the streets of Budapest since the law’s proposal two weeks ago.

“We can confirm that within a very short deadline, we too will take to the streets in defense all that is important and holy to us. And we will be angry,” Bayer wrote. “So for a little while you can still rage on the streets, you can try to intrude into Parliament, the ministries, Fidesz party headquarters, the President’s office, you can go up against the police or attack journalists – for the time being. But then not. Then you will experience what it means to be persecuted and threatened. I tell you: we too are very angry. Do you understand?”

LMP co-chair Bernadett Szél wrote soon after on her Facebook page, “That’s enough! We are reporting Zsolt Bayer for incitement against a community. That’s what he deserves, not awards! Enough, enough, enough!”

Szél was referring to Hungary’s third-highest state honor, the Knight’s Cross, bestowed on Bayer by the Hungarian government last summer. Over 100 previous recipients of state honors returned their awards in protest in the days following Bayer’s commendation.