“They are still spending our money telling us who to be afraid of and who to hate. . . . There is no good answer to a stupid question.” – Two-tailed Dog, mock political party
Hungary’s Two-tailed Dog political party (Magyar Kétfarkú Kutyapárt – MKKP) announced that it had collected HUF 15 million (USD 54,800) of donations in just two weeks to fund a counter campaign in response to the government’s migrant settlement quota referendum campaign.
Gergely Kovács, chairman of the mock party, told Hungarian daily newspaper Népszabadság that more than 2000 people have supported their initiative, most with a few thousand forints, but one supporter gave HUF 70,000 (USD 255).
The party announced the start of the fund drive last week, to parody the government’s anti-immigration propaganda.
“We are again collecting money for a counter campaign again because the government has not become nicer and they are still spending our money telling us who to be afraid of and who to hate,” they wrote on Facebook.
“We would like to do something in order not to have such a terrible mood in the country,” the party added.
Cast informal votes
According to Kovács, the money will be enough to rent at least 500 billboards countrywide. The party is also planning to print at least 100,000 small posters (each costing HUF 5) for distribution in most Hungarian towns and villages.
The party hasn’t decided on the messages yet, but it’s possible that they will not use the original blue and yellow of the governmental campaign.
“The government has printed so many of its anti-immigration posters that they have become over-used,” Kovács said.
The posters will also feature messages urging people to cast informal votes.
“We think people should go and vote by putting the X between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ boxes,” he said. “There is no good answer to a stupid question.”
Not the first time
This is not the first time the Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party has launched a counter campaign. Last June they teamed up with blog Vastagbőr (Thick skin) to increase public awareness about the government’s controversial position on immigration, raising HUF 15 million ($54,800) over a few days.
The money was used to post billboards across the country ridiculing the original advertisements, including in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s home village of Felcsút.