Hungarian opposition groups to form Democratic Roundtable

January 18, 2015


“We’re in trouble and we want to get out.  It’s in everybody’s interest independent of political affiliation.” – Gábor Iványi, head of the Evangelical Brotherhood.

Opposition organizations will hold a plenary meeting of the Democratic Roundtable (DEKA) on Sunday, January 25th announced Gábor Iványi, head of the Evangelical Brotherhood.  “We’re in trouble and we want to get out,” he said. “It’s in everybody’s interest, independent of political affiliation.” According to Iványi, invitations have been sent to political research institutes, social liberal media organs, public officials, intellectuals and left-wing party delegations.

Hungarian sociologist Zsuzsa Ferge said they wanted to “give a framework to their ideas” and “eliminate the perception of belonging to different camps”.  Or at least demonstrate that the various movements are not that distant from one another, she added.

There are to be six work groups within the roundtable:  breakthrough questions, progressive vision for the future, democracy and law, social justice, economic revival and renewed compatibility with the outside world.   To date only the “eliminate poverty instead of building stadiums” slogan has been used, but they promise to work out a concrete program and point the way forward, reports pro-government HírTV somewhat sarcastically.

Not only left-wing but right-wing, national, conservative roundtables are preparing to go public in two to three weeks time.

The concrete planning will proceed quickly in order to be ready for the National Conciliation Forum scheduled for March 15th, Hungary’s national day.  “By then either [Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán must resign or he must step out of the way,” Iványi said.  He added that the country is not Budapest, that groups are also forming in the countryside and they are agreeing with one another via the internet.

“People are not fooled by the propaganda.  Intelligent discourse is required.  The time will come when power has no choice but to sit down and negotiate,” he added.

They called the internet their ally, so that nobody will have cause to question their legitimacy, unlike that of the system change.