Viktor Orbán's "New Unity": who is not with us does not exist

October 3, 2016

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“The point of the artificially forced referendum against the refugees . . . was to finally divide the country using fear arising from a populist demagogue’s lies, and then to turn the fear and opposition towards the migrants onto those who did not take Orbán’s side in this lie.”

Translation of Attila Janisch’s op-ed piece “New Unity: who is not with us does not exist” published by print weekly Magyar Narancs on October 2nd in response to news of 60-year old left-wing print daily Népszabadság.

This morning from one moment to the next they closed Népszabadság, Hungary’s political daily paper with the longest history and biggest circulation.  The digital archive can no longer be accessed, the paper’s workers and writers can not even access either their own website or email accounts.  Nor could they save their correspondence.  Nothing.

They only learned this morning that Népszabadság is no more!  That Népszabadság which over the past few weeks published numerous exposés about Orbán’s politics and the top leader’s of his system, Antal Rogán and György Matolcsy.

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The illiberal system winding up what is left of democracy at top speed appears unstoppable.

Several days ago Viktor Orbán announced the New Unity (Új Egység).

The members of the New Unity are those who voted “no” in last Sunday’s failed referendum, which predictably deepened the existing chasm between Orbán sympathizers and supporters, and those citizens who find unacceptable Orbán’s person and politics.

That was precisely the point of the artificially forced referendum against the refugees (Orbán deliberately used the alienating term “migrants”), which was legally nonsensical.  To finally divide the country using fear arising from a populist demagogue’s lies, and then to turn the fear and dislike of migrants onto those who did not take Orbán’s side in this lie.

The originally plan was somewhat foiled by the fact that the referendum failed and was invalid, because it would have been more favorable to Orbán’s plans if the participation had been high and the yes votes remained in the minority in comparison to the no votes, because then the opposition could have been clearly identified.

It is not possible to know whether the five million who did not vote were lazy, disinterested, or in reality opposed, but Orbán prefers to virtually annihilate five million citizens than risk the three million potential votes won in the referendum from whom a New Unity can be formed without ever asking them whether they want to be members of this New Unity, and who Orbán can continue to feed populist demagoguery, his slogans so incalculably dangerous to the entire country.