Hungarys Orban And Opposition Rival Rally As Election Looms

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and newly elected opposition leader Peter Marki-Zay held separate rallies in Budapest on Saturday six months from an election expected to be the tightest race in 15 years.

Several tens of thousands of Orban supporters marched through the Hungarian capital to hear a speech by the nationalist premier on a national day commemorating Hungary's failed anti-Soviet uprising in 1956 © Peter Kohalmi Several tens of thousands of Orban supporters marched through the Hungarian capital to hear a speech by the nationalist premier on a national day commemorating Hungary's failed anti-Soviet uprising in 1956

Several tens of thousands of Orban supporters marched through the Hungarian capital to hear a speech by the nationalist premier on a national day commemorating Hungary's failed anti-Soviet uprising in 1956. 

Taking aim at the European Union Orban compared its treatment of Hungary and ally Poland during recent clashes over rule-of-law issues to Soviet-era hostility. 

The "EU speaks and behaves to us as and the Poles as if we were enemies", he said.

"Brussels would do well to understand that even the communists could not handle us. We're the David who Goliath is better off avoiding," he said.

Orban has also taken Warsaw's side in its row with Brussels over the reach of Polish courts, while both countries have pledged to veto any EU moves to punish the other.

Several march participants, including many who travelled from Poland, carried Polish flags while one held a placard reading "Brussels = dictatorship".

At Hungary's parliamentary vote expected to be held next April Orban, 58, will face Marki-Zay, a 49-year-old conservative provincial mayor, who won an opposition primary election last Sunday.


Video: Hungary's opposition vote to select who will run against Viktor Orbán (Dailymotion)

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