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Hungarians have just ended a very difficult year and are hoping for the next year to be better, said Péter Márki-Zay in a New Year’s video greeting.

Hate rained down upon us all year round, and Hungarian society grew more divided … The government scared us by claiming that kindergartners wanted gender reassignment surgery, and that Brussels was a gender lobby. Apparently they were thinking of Szájer.

-said the opposition’s prime minister-designate, in reference to former Fidesz MEP József Szájer, who was caught at an alleged homosexual orgy in the Brussels capital in 2020.

There’s no point in getting discouraged, Márki-Zay believes, as there is a real chance to change the government. The proof of this, he said, is that Viktor Orbán, fearing the opposition, is providing the biggest government handouts in “the past 1,100 years.”

The intense efforts that Fidesz is waging to defeat its rivals proves how strong the opposition is, he said. Offering hope to his sympathizers, he stated:

We have reached the point where we can restore the honor of our homeland after 12 years … we can now finally create an honorable Hungary.

According to Márki-Zay, fewer people support Fidesz now than in the previous election in 2018, and in fact, the coronavirus has decimated Fidesz voters.

However, Gergely Kovács, Chair of the Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party, found Márki-Zay’s comment on Fidesz voters dying from Covid objectionable. As he wrote on Facebook, “We’re only half a day into 2022, and some boorish behavior was quickly needed.”

[444, Telex][Photo: Péter Márki-Zay / Facebook]

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.