Who cares?Posted: March 27, 2011
Original article can be found here: [http://fenteslent.blog.hu/2011/03/18/gyongyospata_1]
The Hungarian Guard which recently marched in Gyöngyöspata, plans to seize the settlement of Hajdúhadháza with nonstop patroling. The Hungarian police, which are officially responsible for maintaining law and order, do not want to intervene. Meanwhile, civilians opposed to the Jobbik program are organizing a commute to Gyöngyöspata to prevent further atrocities.
While in his role as EU-President Viktor Orban emphasises the creation of one million work places and equal opportunities (among other things) in the name of the joint Roma strategy–the actual key project of the EU, and Orban’s “protect the Hungarians from Brussels” self says that punishing shirkers will in fact elevate Hungary. Jobbik successfully feeds on the poison produced by the country’s real misery.
The recipe isn’t complicated: just go to a place where the resources are minimal, and by means of national politics encroach on the conflict between those who still have something left and those who don’t. Let us name the conflict an “identity-conflict”, and we can be sure that the topic will expand to include basic national political topics and ignite the well prepared tones of Hungarian-Jew-Gypsy and “respect diversity” themes. It will be the natural course of events that every gesture to reconcile the case which was triggered by the Guard will appear suspicious and hypocritical since problems, misery and conflict really exist. If the Guard plays its cards well, meaning that it will “step up” in the name of Hungarians, then does stepping up against the Guard consequently mean stepping up against the Hungarians? What a familiar and extremely malicious dead end. Many of those who were trained in the sick camps of Hungarian politics, fall for it, giving a great reference base for Jobbik.
We have to get over this dead end. We have to deal with the basic elements of this case.
The Guard acts as an enforcement organization; however, legally only the state police are entitled to that. The police are in the hands of FIDESZ. The correlation between the actions of the government and those of Jobbik is not stated in some abstract analysis, this correlation and the responsibility are amazingly concrete. If they don’t do anything, they won’t be able to avoid allowing Jobbik to capture the vulnerable groups in the society with its enforcement organization and fuel their conflicts for the benefit of its political aims. How long do they wait? Till the first drop of blood?
Even if one part of the population is pushed to the edge so far that they might fall off, they won’t disappear. The problem will land somewhere. Those people will still live somewhere and fight to survive. There will be places where their presence cannot be covered by the promise of one million workplaces and the positive idea of communal work (if the kids will see that daddy goes to work, they will also have work when they grow up – said an expert fromFIDESZ )
This presence will not smite those playing the smart guys at the party headquarters, but those, who are just a little bit further from the shithole. The conflict of the fight for survival won’t affect the party-Audi owners either, but those the excluded ones still can reach. For those, living in this every day conflict, the phrase “respect diversity” does not mean too much, but you can hack their fury with the Nazi promise of organized defense. However, it won’t be the politicians who will be slain in this conflict, neither will they be the ones who are arrested after they blew their fuse for good.
An economic policy which holds marginalization to be normal, the fact that certain part of the population has to survive outside law and order, because inside they have nothing, extends blessing to this kind of conflict. This will be enhanced by politics which set people quarrelling based on their identity. Right now, the government of Hungary is quietly observing the developments.
The article was translated by Eszter Kurtán.