Jobbik – Movement for a Better Hungary

by No to Hate Politics

Jobbik, the Hungarian far right party was founded in 2002 by a few undergraduate students. Soon they became a widespread social movement, whit the aim of not letting Hungary to be owned by foreign investors and bankers (sic). They became a political party in 2003 and allied with MIÉP, the former, first far right party of Hungary.

The political crisis in 2006 provided an excellent opportunity for Jobbik to quickly emerge to the position of the third most popular party in Hungary. They won 3 seats at the 2009 European Parliamentary elections, which indicated the first milestone in their (must say) political success. The 2010 Hungarian Parliamentary elections proved that Jobbik has a substantial number of voters in the state, who made 47 seats out of 386 available for them.

But who vote for them? Well, one might assume that the majority of supporters come from disadvantaged and neglected groups of society, such as unemployed people, or those, who live in the countryside, and have no real perspectives of the future. Reality shows the complete opposite. Jobbik’s voters are composed of young (between 20-35), educated people, who obtain university diplomas and have jobs. This is a frightening and sad pattern. Young adults were yet to choose a sympathetic political party due to their age, therefore, it was easy to Jobbik to gather them around their cause.

Jobbik’s propaganda is composed of anti-EU, anti-Roma and pro-death penalty rhetoric. Also, they are implicitly speaking against the Jewish community. Truth must be told, they favor agricultural and industrial developments in the country… but out of that? Image

Jobbik’s politicians burn the EU flag during a street protest in 2012 (source: http://www.hetivalasz.hu)

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