It is not enough to demonstrate, you have to raise money, says Hungarian writer László Bitó, who told ATV Monday morning that he helped protest organizers raise money for Sunday’s “New Hungarian Republic” demonstration.
“We’ve got to the point where people have less reason to fear,” says Bitó. “There’s a good American phrase: ‘put your money where your mouth is.’ You can’t just talk. You need to help. And this is the right time for that.”
According to Bitó, Hungary’s growing civil opposition is going to need a “large amount of money.” He says the anti-corruption demonstration being organized by Péter Juhász later this month is going to cost much than the March 15th protest because it is going to be countrywide. “For this we need sponsors,” says Bitó, adding that the organizers of Sunday’s demonstration were able to solicit enough donations to cover all of their expenses.
According to the writer, until now “everybody’s just complained”. He warns that “institutionalized corruption has arrived, or the Sunday closure, against which we have to do something.” Bitó thinks the fact that retailers over a certain size must remain closed on Sunday’s is a political issue — a “test of strength” on the part of smaller joint ruling party KDNP now that support for senior ruling partner Fidesz is at a record low, and their real goal is to “prohibit abortion.”
“Fidesz is getting weaker, so KDNP enters the story. I, myself am totally against abortion and prefer prevention,” he said, adding that “those who reject abortion are not supporting prevention either.”
“We always just react. We’re never proactive. And we’re never prepared for anything, ever. We need to find out what and who may be the next step. We now have those people who see what needs to be done.”