Hungarian elections on the way: Hungary-Austria-Migrants story


BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The chief of staff for Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban posted a video on his Facebook page Tuesday showing him in a district of Austria's capital that he says is dirtier, poorer and increasingly crime-ridden since immigrants began living there.

Janos Lazar says in the video that in 20 years, Hungary's capital of Budapest could look like that unidentified Vienna neighborhood if opposition parties "let in the migrants."

Hungary's parliamentary elections are April 8 and the fervently anti-immigration Orbán's Fidesz party has made migrants the focal point of the campaign.

"Evidently the streets are dirtier, evidently the area is poorer and there's lots more crime," Lázár says. "If we let them in and they will live in our cities, the consequences will be crime, impoverishment, dirt, filth and impossible urban conditions." "We are working to prevent this phenomenon," Lázár said. Lázár said only elderly pensioners remain in the Vienna district "among whites and Christians," while "everyone else is an immigrant" for whom "a city within a city" is being created. "There are a great number of schools in Vienna where there are no white Viennese children left, only the children of Muslim immigrants and immigrants from the Middle East," Lázár said.

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Renate Brauner, Executive City Councillor of Finance, Economic and International Affairs did answer for the video above. 

Renate Brauner's post.
Facebook then has removed a controversial Hungarian government video which claimed that “white Christians” are gone from parts of Vienna and the same could happen in Hungary. After this Lázár demanded that Facebook reinstate the video, arguing that its removal violated freedom of speech and expression. Lázár also included a screenshot of the message he had received from Facebook informing him that his original post appeared to have violated community standards and that the company removes content that attacks individuals based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.
The Facebook has its own policies for removing offensive or obscene content, but it now has to grapple with European guidelines on removing misinformation and illegal content — which is especially trying during election periods when politicians may accuse the platform of censorship.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is focusing his re-election platform heavily on opposition to immigration, and has run a campaign at home accusing Brussels and Hungarian-born U.S. financier George Soros of trying to force Hungary to take in migrants.