Orbán's Peace March: Hungary's Choice Between Peace and War

Tens of thousands rallied in Budapest, backing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán ahead of the European Parliament elections. Dubbed a 'peace march,' the event emphasized Orbán's stance on the Ukraine war and his demand for Hungary's neutrality, while critics argue it emboldens Russia. Upcoming elections could reshape EU policies.


PTI | Budapest | Updated: 01-06-2024 22:39 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 22:39 IST
Orbán's Peace March: Hungary's Choice Between Peace and War
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Tens of thousands gathered in Budapest on Saturday in a massive show of support for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, just a week before European Parliament elections. The event, labeled a "peace march," saw supporters from across Hungary and neighboring countries marching along the Danube River, waving flags and signs declaring "No War."

Orbán, the EU's longest-serving leader after 14 years in power, has centered his campaign for the June 9 ballot on the Ukraine war, framing it as a pivotal choice between peace in Europe and global conflict. He accused his opponents of warmongering, claiming they want Hungary to join the war directly. Critics argue his cease-fire calls would only benefit Russia.

During his speech, Orbán urged his party to "occupy Brussels" and change the EU's stance on supporting Ukraine. He asserted, "We can only stay out of the war if Hungarian voters support the government." Orbán's Fidesz party is known for its alignment with Russia, having refused to send weapons to Ukraine and threatening to block EU aid and sanctions against Russia.

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