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Peace marchers intend to put hope into pro-government side

March 3rd, 2018

One of the organisers of the pro-government march planned for March 15 thinks many supporters of the government have been discouraged and need a show of force to regain their self-confidence.

In a long interview with Mandiner, Zsolt Bayer, a leading pro-government columnist at Magyar Idők, who was one of the initiators of the first pro-government Peace March in 2012, believes that the Hódmezővásárhely mayoral election was a fortuitous success for the opposition due to local factors, but has had a disheartening effect on government supporters. That is why four years after the last Peace March he and his friends have called for a mass demonstration to back the Fidesz government. The opposition now seems overly confident, he remarks, adding that ‘the peace marchers will crop their feathers’. He also thinks that corruption allegations did play a role in the Hódmezővásárhely result, and instead of avoiding “delicate “issues, Fidesz should diffuse the allegations, since the protagonists in those cases, including the Prime Minister’s son in law and the mayor of his native village, ‘have nothing to be ashamed of’.

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