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Fidesz MEP: Social Democrat MEP ‘crossed a line’ by suggesting Hungary be ‘silenced’

Social Democrat MEP Katarina Barley "crossed a line" by proposing that political opponents should be silenced, Balazs Hidveghi, an MEP of Hungary's ruling Fidesz, said in a video on Facebook on Saturday.

Hidveghi said that Barley, “who in the past wanted Hungarians to be starved”, was now calling for the suspension of Hungary’s voting rights in the European Council “solely because our views on migration, child protection and Ukraine differ from the mainstream”.

“You disagree with someone and then you want to take away their right to speak and vote? That is dictatorship,” Hidveghi said in a clip of his address in a European Parliament debate this week.

“No, Ms. Barley. Having a different opinion is no blackmail. No, no, no; it’s having a different opinion. You just have to live with that in a democracy,” he said.

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