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That cartoon now makes the rounds in Hungarian blogs, and they say it was perinted alongside the Le Monde editorial (though I don't find it next to the on-line version). The focus of the editorial is on EU (in)action,

I don't like the first paragraph, though:

Comme pour sortir d'un horrible cauchemar, les Hongrois, enfin, se réveillent. Le spectacle de dizaines de milliers de citoyens défilant, lundi 2 janvier, dans les rues de Budapest pour protester contre l'entrée en vigueur d'une Constitution qu'ils jugent antidémocratique constitue un sérieux coup de semonce pour le premier ministre, Viktor Orban. Jamais, jusqu'à lundi, l'opposition n'avait réussi à s'unir suffisamment pour être audible. C'est fait.Like exiting a horrible nightmare, Hungarians finally wake up. The sight of tens of thousands of defiant citizens marching, in the streets of Budapest on Monday, 2 January, to protest against the entry into force of a constitution that they deem undemocratic, is a serious wake-up call for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Until Monday, the opposition never had managed to unite enough to be audible. It's done.

I sense a touch of paternalism, I wonder whether the "audability" of this protest in the ears of Le Monde's editorial board has more to do with the EU outrage in connection with the central bank than the unity or numbers of protesters. This wasn't the first protest, and maybe it wasn't even the largest. Last year there were protests estimated at 10,000 or above on 14 January, 15 March (day of the 1848 Revolution; this protest called for by a Facebook group was probably just as big as Monday's at 20-30,000), 16 April, 16 June (this one was the "Clown Revolution", organised by that police union when Orbán said that he will only send his 'clown affairs state secretary' to talk with the unions; 20,000 counted by paper), 1 October 2011, 23 October (day of the 1956 Revolution; probably bigger than Monday's at 40-50,000) and 3 December. So I doubt that there have been many in the crowd on Monday who 'finally waked up' only now. Many of these were reported at least in German media, so audibility is relative. On the other hand, Le Monde is speaking collectively about "the Hungarians" – well most citizens could be counted as apathetic; that is, many have woken up to the fact that Fidesz is no saviour either, but not to the fact that this system must end even if you are disgusted with all other politicians too.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Jan 4th, 2012 at 08:09:10 AM EST
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