If you want to see just how bad things could have been in America if Trump had been re-elected to a second term in office, look no further than Hungary, which has had fascist Viktor Orban as its prime minister for the last twelve years. In that time, Orban has sabotaged the democratic process there to the point that democracy watchdogs now refer to the EU country as an autocracy. He’s described migrants as “terrorists,” “a poison,” and “Muslim invaders.” and then sent troops to the borders to stop a single Syrian refugee from claiming asylum. He’s used anti-semitic propaganda from nazi Germany to promote wild conspiracy theories about a secret cabal of wealthy Jews like George Soros plotting to replace Europeans with Muslim migrants by paying them to become refugees and seek shelter in European countries. He’s shut down radio stations critical of his reign and turned over their broadcasting rights to his cronies and passed laws allowing for prison sentences for journalists his regime accuses of spreading “disinformation.” And of course he is BFFs with the authoritarians in power in Russia and China. The judiciary, the press, the education system – all are under his complete control, as he works to dismantle human rights for marginalized groups.
This is the context that makes Orban’s Hungary a beacon of fascism, attracting other fascist insects like Tucker Carlson. It also draws neo-nazis from all parts of Europe, who make an annual pilgrimage to take part in the so-called “Day of Honor” march in Budapest commemorating nazi war criminals. Fortunately, Hungary still has anti-fascists who are not afraid to confront the march each year and shut it down, but at this year’s march, the Budapest police used the full force of the state to oppress the anti-fascists, kettling 150 of them and arresting four. The police then leaked mugshots, names, and addresses of the arrestees to the media, leading to manhunts and death threats from Hungarian fascists. Now both Hungarian and German police are collaborating to identify as many anti-fascists from both countries as possible, while Orban and his media cronies fuel a debate about banning anti-fascist groups altogether.
Right now, our main concern is with the arrestees, so we have answered Rote Hilfe Berlin’s call for donations and recommend you do the same. Fighting hatred is never a crime. Anti-fascism is always self-defence. Solidarity is our weapon.
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