"Image by hvg.hu. The text reads: “The compulsory resettlement quota INCREASES THE RISK OF TERRORISM! On average one illegal immigrant arrives to Europe every 12 seconds. We don’t know who they are or what their intentions are. We don’t know how many are undercover terrorists.”
"Throughout 2015, unprecedented numbers of refugees have flowed into
Europe. Relying on informal channels and sheer luck, those fleeing war
and persecution are finding either helping hands and warm welcomes or
barbed wire fences and insurmountable bureaucratic obstacles upon
The European Union has shown itself to be largely unprepared to
adequately deal with influx, and proposed solutions have come up against
leaders who prefer to do nothing or drum up fear and xenophobia in
their own countries to gain political leverage.
Hungary has been
particularly vocal about its anti-refugee stance, misleading the public
with a national consultation that equated migration with terrorism and a nationwide fear-mongering billboard campaign.
But Hungarian authorities aren't done yet.
The government of Prime
Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party have announced plans for its
next billboard campaign, this time specifically against the EU-proposed
plan to resettle refugees in so-called frontline countries like Italy
and Greece across the continent.
The first billboards of the campaign,
which will cost around 380 million forint (around 1.2 million euros) of
taxpayers’ money, are up, and full-page adverts pushing the government's arguments have already run in large national dailies.
On December 3, 2015, Hungary also launched a legal challenge
to the EU’s refugee relocation plan. Last month, it debuted an
aggressive petition against the EU's proposed measures as well. Stands
have popped up on the streets, run by ill-prepared activists
promoting fabricated numbers and racists opinions (video in Hungarian).
According to official sources, around 900,000 to 1 million signatures have been collected so far.
The petition can also be signed online via an official government website rife with factual inaccuracies.
Read more at source: Global Voices, here.