The Prime Minister of Hungary, the ultra-nationalist Viktor Orbán, said today that the criticisms of the controversial law linking homosexuality with pedophilia are a new attack on Hungary and freedom.
Under the title “The liberal bulldozers have put themselves back to work against Hungary”, Orbán defends, in a text published on his website, the controversial law passed last day 14 by the deputies of his right-wing Fidesz party, in power, and of the ultra Jobbik, in opposition.
The regulations, which among other measures prohibits talking about homosexuality or sex change at school or in the media, it has unleashed a wave of outrage and criticism within and outside the country, as it links homosexuality with pedophilia.
For Orbán, these reactions are “a new proof that the left is the enemy of freedom“, since all he wants is the hegemony of his own principles.
The original idea had been a modification of the penal code to raise the penalties against pedophilia crimes, but then the government deputies added those controversial amendments. Both the progressive forces in Hungary, as well as various NGOs and various European politicians have called for its immediate abolition, considering it homophobic.
The president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, has expressed her “concern” and promised an in-depth analysis of the Hungarian law, considered “discriminatory and contrary to European values” by the Minister of European Affairs of Germany, Michael Roth, as stated by this on his Twitter account.
In his text, Orbán assures that the objective of the measures is the defense of minors, whose sexual education, he believes, is a matter exclusively for parents.
“Parents rightly hope that the platforms that their children use freely will not have access to pornography, arbitrary sexuality, homosexuality or sex change,” he says. The Magyar Prime Minister claims to be open to discuss about the topic, while defending that the criticized law adheres to European traditions.
Since coming to power in 2010, Orbán has gone limiting Increasingly, with a series of legal reforms, the rights of LGBT + communities. So far, more than 128,000 people have signed an online petition against the controversial law.