Polish sympathizers of Viktor Orbán to join March 15th celebrations in Budapest

March 7, 2016

Photo: Origo.hu
Photo: Origo.hu

Organizers of the Polish Gazeta Polska club say that as many as 4,000 Polish sympathizers of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán may travel to Budapest next week to take part in the March 15th national holiday celebrations, reports Hungarian news site Origo.hu.

The Poles plan to spend three days in Hungary, from March 14th to 16th, as part of a trip entitled “The Great Trip to Hungary”.

The club’s president, Ryszard Kapuściński, told Origo.hu that he anticipates somewhere between 3,000-4,000 to attend the Hungarian festivities. The Poles would even rent their own train from the Polish state-owned railway company PKP.

The same group did not attend last year’s celebrations in Hungary after the Hungarian head of government received Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, and the Poles feared that their presence would somehow be misconstrued as being pro-Russia.  However, Orbán’s recent state visit to Moscow for a meeting with Putin does not seem to have bothered supporters of the Gazeta Polska club. According to Kapuściński, this year’s Orbán-Putin visit was purely business and there is nothing wrong with that.

Kapuściński says he is unaware of any plans to be received by an official Hungarian delegation but they would welcome any such gesture.

When asked what their message to the Hungarians is, Kapuściński told Origo that “[the Poles] want to reaffirm our friendship to the Hungarians and to express our support for how Viktor Orbán has handled the refugee question.”

Gazeta Polska maintains excellent ties with Jarosław Kaczyński’s Freedom and Justice (PiS) party. Kapuściński, for example, was a PiS candidate in Krakow during the national elections in October 2015.