Prime Minister Viktor Orbán - Photo: MTI

Orbán: EP elections ‘to decide between war or peace’

Voters in the European parliamentary elections on June 9 will have to decide "between war or peace, between Brussels' leash or Hungarian freedom," Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his speech marking the March 15 national holiday in front of the National Museum on Friday. "If we want to retain Hungary's freedom and sovereignty, we must occupy Brussels and bring change to the European Union," he said.

Since 1848, “the time always comes for every generation and each Hungarian youth when they must make a decision,” Orbán said. One must make a decision “if you are on the side of truth or join the herd of globalist bleaters,” Orbán said. People need to choose between “the path or truth or the avenue of the Soros empire . toil in a quarry or build a cathedral,” he said. “You cannot hide, you can decide between fighting for your homeland or eating the bread of foreigners,” he added.

“Brussels is not the first empire that had designs on Hungary, but in the past 500 years all such empires realised that oppression, bribery or violence … would not get them anywhere,” the prime minister said referring to the Ottoman and Habsburg empires as well as the Soviet Union. “We are the David that Goliath had better avoid,” Orbán said. He also added, however, that “Hungary demonstrated through the Compromise (of 1867, with Austria) that if we are given respect, we will also pay due respect.”

“Brussels alone would not grasp that … but we will march up to Brussels and we ourselves will bring change to the European Union,” Orbán said. “We cannot accept that Brussels has abandoned Europeans, moreover, turned against them,” he said. “We cannot tolerate their destroying our farmers, impoverishing the middle classes, driving European companies to bankruptcy, cribbing the rights of nations, making our children the slaves or their debts and tossing the whole of Europe into war,” Orbán said.

“Hungary can only benefit from peace and we do not want war,” he said. “We in Budapest know what war is like … hundreds of thousands of dead, disabled, widows and orphans, destroyed bridges … tens of thousands of people that have lost everything … the life of a generation was destroyed in the latest war,” he insisted.

According to Orbán, “what Brussels has given Hungarians was war rather than peace, fuss around the rule of law rather than security, and financial blackmail rather than prosperity.” “They have deceived us and it is time we revolted and restored the self assurance and self esteem of Europe people,” the prime minister said.

“Hungary is not alone, because though the Poles have been caught up in the torrent of Soros’s Left, the Slovaks have risen, the Czech are awakening, the Austrians are getting ready, the Italians are facing the right direction, the Dutch are ready to go and the Americans are in protest,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said, Europe, as well as the United States were “ahead of a sovereigntist turnaround”, which could “restore normal life and open a new, great epoch for Western nations, in which everybody could prosper . with the exception of those that breached their oath to serve their nation. that have worked in Brussels to take away funds from teachers . that would open the gates wide before migrants . and deliver our children to the hands of frenzied gender activist.” Those that “sold themselves by the kilo to gain power . will have the fate of traitors,” Orbán added.

Concerning the events of 1848, Orbán said the Hungarian revolution was “constructive, rather than destructive, it did not deny but create, it was true and beautiful, and it was not concluded in death but yielded life.”

In March 1848 “Europe was engulfed in flames, there was blood in the streets of its capitals, and people were fighting on barricades in Vienna,” Orbán said. Hungarians, however, were “writing poems, wording the 12 points (of the revolution), and marched over from Pest to Buda . we freed political prisoners without a gunshot, we went to the theatre to see a patriotic play . and won a victory by the evening . that’s what revolution is like when it is led by young Hungarians,” he said.

Orbán said that millions of people in the western world go through life with the notion that “they come from nowhere and are going nowhere, therefore they believe it is not necessary to be considerate with anybody or anything”.

“They start wars and destroy worlds, they redraw country borders and devour everything like locusts,” Orbán said. “They neglect to respect the dead and they take away the rights of the unborn,” he added.

“We Hungarians live differently and want to continue living differently, we come from somewhere and are heading to somewhere,” Orbán said.

“Everything we have we received from our forebearers, including a mission which we must preserve and pass on; this is the essence of Hungarian freedom,” he added.

The meaning of freedom for Hungarians is that we are building a country with “no landlord overseeing us”. “Nobody else in the world thinks it is important that something Hungarian should survive,” he added.

“We know that a Hungarian quality of existence is a unique and unmatched, high-level form of human life, and it is the greatest thing to be born a Hungarian,” he added.

“In the western world, people believe they live as individuals and it is up to their free choice to decide which country’s citizens they should be and whether to be a boy or a girl,” he said.

“We Hungarians know that if you stand alone in the world, you are lonely, not free,” he added. The youth of March 15 proclaimed to the world that “we Hungarians are companions, not only in friendship and family, but we are also companions in the home country”, he added.

“And we are also companions with those before us and after us,” he said. “The life of Hungarians forms a continuous chain, from Saint Stephen to King Mathias and Petofi, and the Hungarians of ’56, all the way to us and further”.

He said people today feared for their freedom because of Brussels, just like at the time of 19th century revolutionary poet Sandor Petofi. “They want to pressurise us into something that Hungarians cannot bring themselves to … which is damnable for the Hungarian spirit, and … alien from Hungarian life”.

“They want to pressurise us to get involved in a war, they want to force us to take in migrants, and they want to change the upbringing of our children, but we will not enter the war, we will not let the migrants in and we will not give them our children,” Orbán said.

“This is simple like algebra and clear as the sun, because Hungary is a free and sovereign country, and it will stay so,” he added.

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