Viktor Orban accuses EU of 'legalized hooliganism' over LGBT+ action
Viktor Orban and the European Commission's Ursula von der Leyen, pictured here in February 2020. /Reuters

Viktor Orban and the European Commission's Ursula von der Leyen, pictured here in February 2020. /Reuters

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused the European Commission of "legalized hooliganism" for action it is taking against his government.

The clash relates to a new Hungarian law that stops any education around LGBT+ issues or gender change in schools and restricts what can be shown in the media.

In the lead up to the law being implemented a week ago, European leaders called for action against Hungary for breaching human rights and breaking the fundamental values of the union.

Equality and respect for dignity and human rights are both fundamental values of the EU enshrined in treaties. The EU says the legislation discriminates against LGBT+ people.



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The law has also been condemned for conflating pedophilia and pornography with LGBT+ education.

Orban says the new law is a child-protection issue and he told state radio on Friday that the EU infringement action "is legalized hooliganism... the European Commission's stance is shameful."

He said the debate offered Hungarians a glimpse into "European life," into what went on in schools in Germany, saying Hungary would not let activists "march up and down" in schools promoting what he called sexual propaganda.

Rights groups have rallied against the Hungarian government's legislation.

The commission's infringement action has also targeted Poland after some municipalities there declared themselves "LGBT-ideology free zones".

Both countries are being written to by the Commission and will have two months to respond – after that, the Commission may refer them to the EU's Court of Justice. 

Orban is a nationalist who has often clashed with the European Commission. The anti-LGBT+ campaign looks likely to feature prominently on his political platform ahead of national elections next year.

Source(s): Reuters

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