Migrant Crisis: Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó attacks "Soros-backed NGOs" for "blackmail"

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó criticised what he has called “the blackmail of the NGOs”, which Europe needed to put an end to.

Speaking after meeting his Maltese counterpart, Szijjártó said it was time to “speak clearly about the role of the Soros-backed NGOs within the Mediterranean region”, in reference to international financier and philanthropist George Soros.

“These organisations are continuously blackmailing the European people and forging alliances with people smuggling networks in opposition to the people of Europe, who just want to live their lives in peace and security,” the foreign minister said.

In an interview on public television M1, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said western Europe had “committed itself to an open society in which borders don’t matter”, including living together “with people from foreign cultures. We don’t want this in central Europe; we, Hungarians, want to remain a Christian Hungarian civilisation,” he said.

The Orban government has led a smear campaign against Soros, often with anti Semitic undertones. In 2017, the Hungarian government held a consultation asking eight million Hungarians for their opinions on what the government said was George Soros’ “plan” for Europe and Hungary. The current national consultation survey also includes questions about what the government calls Soros’ new and old “plan”.

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