Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called on citizens to vote against the EU migrant policies in the October 2 referendum. According to the latest opinion polls, the public is listening. At least two-thirds of the electorate will vote “no”.
As reported by Sunday Express online on September 23, billboards have been put up across Hungary proclaiming that Brussels plans to relocate a city’s worth of potential terrorists to the country may have an even stronger influence on Hungarians after a nail bomb exploded in Budapest.
The EU had demanded Hungary take 1,294 refugees but the country refused to oblige to the quota system from the start and voted against it. Hungary has accepted no refugees under the plan.
The referendum’s outcome could pave the way for Hungary voting to leave the EU altogether.
As reported by the Independent, a year ago, Hungary was the epicentre of Europe’s refugee crisis. Keleti train station in Budapest became a giant open-air refugee camp as thousands of asylum seekers poured into the country across the southern border and stayed in the capital before eventually heading west to Germany. In response, Orban’s government built fences on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia.
“If we let the Muslims onto the continent to compete with us, they will outnumber us,” Orban said last year. “It’s mathematics. And we don’t like it.” Many Hungarians agreed with him.
Critics in Europe and across the globe have slammed Orban’s policies. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, lumped Orban in with Islamic State and right-wing populists such as Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French National Front, accusing them of peddling “half-truths” and “oversimplifications.”