Daily Reports: April 9–April 13, 2018

April 9

Fidesz-Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) alliance wins third-consecutive two-thirds majority in National Assembly in April 8, 2018, general election. . . .

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to remain in power for another parliamentary cycle.

First item on Orbán agenda: eliminate Hungarian non-governmental organizations deemed hostile to his government.

Fidesz National Assembly caucus spokesman announces that Fidesz-KDNP alliance will consider proposed Stop Soros legislation in May.


April 10

Reports of anomalies between number of votes cast for individual opposition candidates and number of votes cast for corresponding opposition parties in certain electoral districts in two-ballot April 8 parliamentary election.

Opposition parties Politics Can Be Different and Jobbik calling for total recount of votes. Opposition party Democratic Coalition calling for recount of votes in relevant electoral districts.

Gábor Vona resigns as president of Jobbik and says he will refuse parliamentary mandate obtained in April 8 election and retire from politics. Over the past years, Vona transformed Jobbik from radical nationalist party into moderate nationalist party.

Former Orbán-government oligarch Lajos Simicska decides to close down owned opposition daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet and radio station Lánchíd Rádió (Chain Bridge Radio) as of April 11. Says he will keep operating opposition television station Hír TV (News TV).

President Péter Juhász of opposition party Együtt (Together) calls for donations to pay off 190 million forints (610,000 euros) in state support for election campaign that party must repay because it failed to win one percent of party-list vote in April 8 parliamentary election.
Demonstration for Democracy called on Facebook for Saturday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. Demonstration to begin at Budapest Opera House and end at Hungarian Parliament Building. So far 19,000 report they are going.


April 11

Lajos Simicska–owned opposition newspaper Magyar Nemzet publishes last issue after 80 years of existence. Now only one opposition daily left in Hungary: Népszava.

More reports of voting anomalies in April 8 general election. However, major opposition websites 444.hu and index.hu report that most of these anomalies appear to be the result of incompetence rather than fraud.

Jobbik announces that party will recall Member of the European Parliament Krisztina Morvai, who last fall began to publicly support Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the Fidesz-Christian Democratic People’s Party alliance.

Saturday Demonstration for Democracy in Budapest to demand total recount of votes cast in April 8 general election. So far 28,000 people report they are going to Facebook-called demonstration.


April 12

De facto Orbán government newspaper Magyar Idők reports that the newly elected National Assembly will hold its first session on May 7 and confirmed earlier news that the legislature will initially consider the Stop Soros! law.

The Stop Soros! law would require all organizations in Hungary that “support” migration to obtain a permit from the Interior Ministry. The Orbán government submitted the law in February, though waited until after the April 8 general election to initiate the National Assembly vote on the legislation in the expectation that the Fidesz-Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) alliance would obtain the two-thirds majority necessary to pass it.

The Mária Schmidt–owned pro–Orbán government weekly Figyelő publishes list of around 200 people in Hungary who can be classified as “Soros’s people.”

The Figyelő list includes many professors at the Central European University and CEU Rector Michael Ignatieff as well as people associated with the following organizations: the Hungarian Helsinki Committee; Amnesty International; the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union; Transparency International; the Károly Eötvös Institute; the Menedék Hungarian Association for Migrants; the K-Monitor anti-corruption organization; the Direkt36 investigative-journalism center; and the Romaversitas Foundation.

The list also includes Migration Aid official András Siewert, Country for All Movement opposition activist Márton Gulyás and former Budapest Mayor Gábor Demszky.

The Figyelő list refers to the following statement that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made in March 2018: “We know by now, since they have been exposed, that in Hungary there are 2,000 mercenaries, a mercenary army is working for György Soros and against the Hungarian government.”

The Budapest Police has erected several temporary surveillance cameras near the Hungarian Parliament Building in preparation for the pro-democracy demonstration scheduled to take place there on Saturday evening. So far 32,000 people report they are going to Facebook-called demonstration.


April 13

The United States Embassy in Budapest condemns the April 12 publication in the Mária Schmidt–owned pro–Orbán government weekly Figyelő of around 200 names of “Soros’s people” in Hungary.

Text of the U.S. Embassy tweet:  “Civil society = ordinary citizens working to make their country a better place. The United States condemns #Figyelo’s attempt to intimidate these citizens.”

So far 34,000 people report they are going to the Facebook-called pro-democracy demonstration at the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest on April 14. The opposition website 444.hu reports that only 21,000 people indicated on Facebook that they would attend the major demonstration in Budapest against the Lex CEU in April 2017.

The organizers of April 14 demonstration say during ATV interview: “It is in everyone’s interest that the demonstration be peaceful”; and “It will be a resolute, strong, though non-violent demonstration.”

From article on the demonstration entitled “We Can Count on a Radical Left-Wing Wave of Violence from Soros in Budapest” published on pro–Orbán government news website origo.hu: “Radical left-wing anarchist groupings and selected soldiers from the Soros network want to set our capital city ablaze on Saturday on the model of the demonstration against the G20 summit held in Hamburg in 2017.”

All major opposition parties—Jobbik, Politics Can Be Different, Momentum, the Democratic Coalition and the Hungarian Socialist Party—have announced that they will attend the demonstration.