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Interview with Gyula Thürmer of the Hungarian Workers’ Party

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This video is an interview with Gyula Thürmer, the leader of the Magyar Munkáspárt (Hungarian Workers’ Party), Hungary’s illiberal Communist party, which rejects mass immigration and globalization. Mr. Thürmer discusses his party and its differences from Europe’s other socialist parties, as well as his views of Hungary and European politics more generally. His party will be competing in the national elections on Sunday. This interview was conducted in English by the Visegrád Post, which offers news about Central Europe from a Rightist perspective.

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  1. Posted April 7, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Gyula Thuermer on Immigration and [indirectly/implicitly] on Race:

    [26:05]

    I think what Mr. Orban is doing is quite correct. We should save Hungary, we should defend the borders of Hungary, and at the same time we should save Europe and European civilization. …We know from centuries…that it is very, very difficult to find…a common way of coexistence between Hungarians and Gypsies, I’m not speaking [to say nothing?] of Syrians, Arabs, Afghans, and other populations.

    I would not guess at all that this man is a lifelong Communist to hear him speak on the only issue that matters.

    [29:45]

    Have a look at Austria. It’s not a secret that the majority of the workers in Austria voted during the last elections [presumably the 2016 Presidential election] for the Freedom Party, not for the Communists, which [took] a practically liberal line, but for that party that [said] ‘Now let’s stop immigration, let’s represent the interests of the working people of Austria.” What our party is concerned with is…[as] we are living here in Hungary, we should defend the interests of the Hungarian people, first of all the interests of the Hungarian working people.

    (Note: interview recorded summer 2016, only months after the Migrant Crisis wound down.)

  2. E
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Any time I try to listen to this man I feel nauseated after a few minutes. I managed to get through the first 5 minutes this time.

    “giving people free education”

    My mother wasn’t allowed to go to high school because my maternal family was considered “enemies of the people”. What made them enemies? They were middle class farmers before Communism, and even after they were robbed naked they had the temerity to call the cooperative bosses “Mr.” instead of “Comrade”. Literally, that was it. They weren’t resisting politically. They just had an idenity, a sense of who they were, and that was forbidden. I hope Mr. Thürmer gets 0% and finally disappears from the Hungarian political scene forever.

  3. Posted April 7, 2018 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Interesting that this old-line Hungarian Communist’s surname is German.

    Per Wiki:
    The Hungarian Workers Party (founded Dec. 1989) has never held a seat in their parliament in the post-communist era. Gyula Thuermer (b. 1953, Communist Party member from 1971, educated in Moscow [1976] and then worked for Communist Hungary’s foreign service) has been the Chair of the Hungarian Workers Party since its founding.

    National Assembly election results for Hungarian Workers Party
    1990: 3.7%
    1994: 3.2%
    1998: 4.1%
    2002: 2.2%
    2006: 0.4%
    2010: 0.1%
    2014: 0.6%
    2018: ?

    There was clearly some ‘artificial’ downward pressure on their vote-share when it became clear they could not win seats in the new Hungary’s system and its electoral threshold of 5%.

    • Posted April 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      The Hungarian Workers Party took 0.3% in 2018, roughly consistent with their 2006, 2010, and 2014 results.

  4. nineofclubs
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Great interview. Thanks for reposting.
    Here’s hoping the Hungarian Workers Party can equal or better their performance in the 1998 Hungarian parliamentary election this time around.

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