This Sunday, April 3, parliamentary elections were held in Hungary, and also a referendum on sexual indoctrination in schools.
Viktor Orbán's Fidesz repeated its alliance with the Christian Democrats of the KDNP
The official results of the parliamentary elections can be found here. The two main candidates were multi-party alliances. On the one hand, Viktor Orbán's conservative Fidesz party repeated its alliance with the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP). It is an alliance that has had an absolute majority in the Hungarian Parliament since 2010.
The alliance between the anti-Semites of Jobbik and the former single party of the communist dictatorship
Likewise, several left-wing parties formed an alliance with the anti-Semites of Jobbik, a party of pro-nazi origin that I have spoken about here before. The Jobbik has been trying to give a more moderate image for several years, but in 2020 it presented a candidate who had praised the nazis. Interestingly, yesterday a large part of the European press hid the nature of that party. In Spain, not a single media outlet reported this weekend on the dark trajectory of the Jobbik. Nor have they said anything about the fact that a group of neo-Nazis linked to that party has fought alongside pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
Another point that has also been ignored by the media is that one of the parties that was in that coalition with Jobbik is the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), a Hungarian partner of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and heir to the single party of the communist dictatorship. Let us remember that the MSZP was formed on October 7, 1989, the same day that the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party (MSzMP) dissolved. The first chairman of the MSZP was Rezső Nyers, until then chairman of the sole party and the last communist dictator of Hungary.
This significant alliance was completed with the leftists of Lehet Más a Politika (LMP) and Dialogue for Hungary (both partners of the European Greens group), the liberals of the Momentum movement (Hungarian partners of the Spanish party Ciudadanos) and the socialist Democratic Coalition (DK). It is a paradox that some European media have wanted to present this mixture of anti-Semites, post-communists, liberals, greens and socialists as the great hope of Brussels in Hungary to end the "authoritarian" Orbán.
Overwhelming majority for the alliance between Fidesz and the KDNP
The fact is that this alliance has not convinced the majority of Hungarians. The coalition between Fidesz and the KDNP has obtained 53.1% of the votes (135 seats), while the alliance between the left and anti-Semites has remained at 35.04% (56 seats). In third place was the nationalist party Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland), with 6.17% (7 seats). Three other minority parties have not even reached 5% of the vote and are left without representation. In addition, the German minority has 1 seat.
What the referendum on school indoctrination raised
Regarding the referendum held yesterday, it asked four questions about the law T/16365 (see official publication in the Hungarian Gazette). Much has been lied about this law, trying to present it as a law against homosexuality and even to equate homosexuals with pedophiles, a false accusation launched by the president of the Spanish government Pedro Sánchez two months ago. I have already analyzed that law here, and it does not contain any comparison between homosexuality and pedophilia, nor any measure that implies persecution against homosexuals. As I already pointed out then, these are the questions asked in the referendum:
Overwhelming majority in support of the Hungarian law against indoctrination
These are the results obtained by each of those questions (here you can see the official website with those results):
Thus, the four questions have resulted in an overwhelming support for the contents of Law T/16365. This referendum has demonstrated the vast rejection of the Hungarian people to this ideological indoctrination promoted by the European Union. Let us remember that Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children." Likewise, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states in its Article 14: "The freedom to found educational establishments with due respect for democratic principles and the right of parents to ensure the education and teaching of their children in conformity with their religious, philosophical and pedagogical convictions shall be respected, in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of such freedom and right."
Is authoritarianism imposing that indoctrination or asking the people to speak out?
What the parties that control the European institutions (popular, socialist and liberal) have to explain now is: what is authoritarian, to impose school indoctrination that violates that right to freedom of education, or to give the word to the people so that think about that indoctrination?
Incidentally, I suggest a critical reading exercise: review how many media outlets have indicated to their audience the content of these four questions and their relationship with the aforementioned right protected by these international treaties. I'm sure you'll be in for a surprise.
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