Erdogan visits Hungary, all protests against him banned

by The Region    


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Budapest on Monday for a two-day official visit under massive security measures.  Repediately, Orban, the right-wing nationalist politician, had described Turkey, together with Russia and China, as a model for the "illiberal state" he intends to build.

Orban shared his pleasure to host Erdogan on his Facebook by publishing a photo of the greeting with the caption: "God has sent us the President of Turkey".

The police had already banned a rally by the Left Party DK (Democratic Coalition) against Erdogan on the grounds that "a person under international protection will arrive at the scene." However, members of the left-liberal opposition party Parbeszed (Dialogue) managed to unroll a banner from the windows of their parliament rooms. It showed the faces of Orbán, Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin labelling them as "Dictators".

Erdogan is expected to make a two-day official visit to Budapest on Monday. The focus will be on talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. In the past the right-wing national politician had described Turkey, together with Russia and China, as a model for the "illiberal state" he intends to build.

 "The Orban system restricts the rights of European Hungarians to ensure the peace of an illiberal dictator who imprisons his own people," said the DK spokesperson.

Like his Turkish counterpart, Orban has been criticised internationally for dismantling democracy and disregarding human rights. However, he has been deaf to criticisms. Regarding Orban's standards, Erdogan has brought "good stability" to Turkey and Turkey "can stop" the migrant influx into the European Union.

"You can criticise Erdogan's system, but stability in Turkey is good for us," he said in a speech on July 28.

While sketching out his vision for the continent's future, Orban also said there is liberalism in the West, but no democracy. Referring to his anti-muslim, anti-refugee discourse not being welcomed in Europe, Orban said that restrictions on freedom of expression and censorship have become commonplace in Europe. 

Erdogan follows the same path when it comes to attacking Europe. The Turkish president lashed out at Germany for blocking several rallies on its soil in the run-up to a referendum in Turkey, likening its stance to Nazi practices.

“Your practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past,” he said of Germany at a women’s rally in Istanbul before the referendum on changes to the constitution that would bolster his powers as president.

“I thought it’s been a long time since Germany left [Nazi practices]. We are mistaken,” he said.

“You will lecture us about democracy, and then you will not let this country’s ministers speak there,” said ErdoÄŸan, adding that Germany was not “respecting opinion and thought”.