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Hungarian opposition analyst barks up the wrong tree

A Hungarian opposition analyst was barking up the wrong tree in his criticism of a quote from Viktor Orbán’s speech at the Transylvanian summer camp in Tusványos, news portal Origo writes.

In his speech, Orbán said that “we lived through the past nine or ten years having a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other”. In reaction to this, analyst Zoltán Lakner posted on his Facebook page a quote from infamous Hungarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi from 1948, in which he said “Unfortunately, reactionary Hungarian powers have forced us to carry building tools in one hand and a sword in the other”.

In response to Lakner’s post, Orbán’s press secretary Bertalan Havasi pointed out that Orbán was in fact quoting a passage from the Bible: “The laborers who carried the loads worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other.” (Nehemiah 4:18)

“We recommend that in addition to the collected works of Rákosi, Mr. Lakner would do well to also place a Bible on his nightstand,” Havasi said.

Title image: Trowel and sword

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