[Hungary] waiting for Orban's revengeFrom: email@example.com
May 15 2018 19:23:03
BUDAPEST — Through eight years of iron-fisted rule, pockets of
independence persisted beyond the ever-widening reach of Hungarian
Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Even as the government came to resemble the one-party states of old,
universities, news organizations, local authorities and human rights
groups managed to carve out just enough space to keep alive at least
the promise of an open and free nation in the heart of Europe’s
formerly communist East.
But perhaps not for much longer.
A month after Orban won a crushing electoral victory, the government is
moving quickly to make good on his vow of “revenge” against perceived
enemies. The targets of his wrath, meanwhile, are actively preparing
for the crackdown to come within this European Union and NATO member.
A human rights group expects to be banned from assisting or even
speaking about refugees. A progressive university is planning a
possible retreat into exile. And the country’s foremost advocate for a
liberal alternative to Orban’s self-proclaimed “illiberal democracy” is
all but conceding defeat.
RS Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>