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(en) Hungary: Analysis of current situation by Barikád Kollektíva

Date Wed, 27 Sep 2006 15:56:27 +0300

The left-wing-liberal bourgeoisie have continued the chess game with a
wrong move. The prime minister's confession, made in May at a meeting of
the MSZP faction (Hungarian Socialist Party) was published, in which he
announced that his party had won the elections through lies and that it
was time they engaged in frank and fully responsible politics. Previously
they had communicated much better data about the Hungarian economics than
the real situation was. In our previous text entitled Spend your blood! we
described the "new" exploiting measures of the government. Some of them
have already become operative, others will be implemented in the near
future. But we have to clarify why the social democrat-liberal bloc is
being forced to take these steps.

The Gurcsány government had wanted to delude us that their economic policy
was sustainable while they had been opposed to the general capitalist
trend. In recent years they had increased wages, given an extra month's
old-age pension per year, made the living wage tax-free, subsidised
enterprises (for example the BKV-Budapest Transport Company and
MÁV-Hungarian State Railway ... we have to go work somehow after all!)
which were operating with deficits. The government had been playing at
being a welfare state whereas, due to the pressure of international
movements of capital, they should have been taking the opposite measures.
The national deficit is estimated at over 20,000 billion forints, which is
60% of the Hungarian GDP. The budget deficit is more than 10% of the
Hungarian GDP and in this way the bourgeoisie in Hungary cannot join the
Euro-zone nor get financial support from the EU. The MSZP (Hungarian
Socialist Party) wanted to win the elections and seemingly wanted to
answer to the working class too, and thus they ran into debt. So-called
"welfare functions" add up to 60% of the budget and the state operational
expenses add up to 12%. But till the elections they were croaking that the
level of the budget deficit was acceptable.

Then the "penitent" confession arrived like a bolt from the blue. The
government has to implement restrictions in order to find more money, so
they have to explain to the working class why they are going to rot our
lives. The right-wing opposition, which flirts directly with the fascists,
had based its strategy on the economic data provided by the government and
had promised Canaan. So they lied just as their social democrat
counterpart. We do not moralize on the dirty practices of the bourgeoisie,
because we think that falsification, lies and manipulation are basic
instruments of the ruling class, requirements of bourgeois class terror.
The bourgeoisie, however, were taken short by the reaction of the mass,
because they believed the mass to be totally acclimatized to the bipolar
political régime. It is evident that this is only a half-truth, so their
consciousness-industry is not effective enough. We can see that neither
the government nor the opposition expected that the wave of discontent
would in part sweep over them. In recent decades, the bourgeoisie and its
organizations had become very confident, their dirty democracy had cradled
the working class and had outlawed social struggle, direct conflicts with
the power from the streets. They had considered the working class in
Hungary to be totally idiot and had presumed that the exploited would
accept all the lies that were told in their fancy house, the parliament.

The democrats of the oppostion seemingly condemn the bloody events in the
streets, but in secret they back the revolters, who are usually fired up
by fascist organizations like Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom (Movement
for Right Hungary), 64 Vármegye Ifjúsági Mozgalom (64 Hundreds Youth
Movement). On the other hand, they got frightened because they lost
control over the right-wing mass and the result led to struggles between
the fascists and the state. The voice of the real class struggle is
dampened by the nostalgic nationalism of the Székely-hymn and for the
present the outlet of exploitation is dissolving into pseudo-revolutionary
nationalist comedy. Fascism is using those members of the working class
who are demanding an immediate change of régime/power to lengthen the
counter-revolutionary period. Pseudo-Mussolinis are roaring their
speeches. The people don't reject them but neither do they identify
themselves totally with these spokesmen. Thousands of people demonstrated,
but there were serious street fights with the police only on Monday and
Tuesday. By now, only the reformist demands of the trade unions, the
democratic demonstrations of the student self-government and the actual
nationalist-fascist events answered the present situation - while the
exploited people are in the streets after all. On the other hand it is
conspicuous that there are no social demands, protest voices at all, thus
the conflict deflects from direct exploitation and only focuses on the
clash between the government and the opposition. The demonstrators have
declared that they would use roadblocks and civil disobedience to exert an
influence on the government.

Parts of Ferenc Gyurcsány's cretinous, "penitent", but denunciative
confession was published on 17th September. Later the whole speech was
published. On that day the mass started to demonstrate in front of the
parliament with their national clouts and were shouting slogans referring
to the speech of the prostitute of capital with some changes: "You fucked
up! You fucked up!". Then they demanded the resignation of the government:
"Gyurcsány go!". There were other demands, too: "Change of régime!",
"Resign!", "Down with the Trianon peace treaty!". Some people from the
mass went to the offices of the state television and wanted to advertise
their demands. The mass, directed by boneheads (fascist skinheads), laid
siege to the building. Various groups of football hooligans, who are
usually irreconcilable enemies, united their strength. They inveighed
against Jews and most of the people shouted together: "Down with the
Trianon peace treaty!", "Down with the Trianon peace treaty!". The singing
of the national anthem, nationalist slogans from the 1956 revolution and
national flags marked these events. There were a lot of Hungarist flags
with the colours of the House of Árpád (the crest of the first Hungarian
dynasty, later used by Hungarian nazis in the time of World War II).
Nearby, demonstrators damaged the Soviet memorial too. They were not
monolithic, because some of them observed that it should not be done. The
police were totally unprepared, standing blankly and trying to defend the
offices of the state television, but they were not able to arrest the
fuglemen. They were not so full-mouthed as usually, because they were not
superior in numbers.

If there were pure class struggle in the streets, the fascists would fight
united with the police against us! It's a civil war in the literal sense
of the word. The voice of class struggle is dampened, while one stratum of
the working class is striking and propping up the walls of alienation. The
nationalism of self-confining mixes the fascist with the right-wing mass
who could recognize the manipulation of the bourgeoisie and would become
conscious of their proletarian existence. Now they only maintain
capitalism, because they are taken in by politics and media manipulation
and they take the nationalist myths as a basis instead of their injured
life. They still believe in the opposition, which only wants to govern and
exploit us just as the social democrats do. They can achieve it only by
the legal voting of the mass. Nevertheless, the first three floors of the
television offices were looted. Not only by fascists, but by homeless
people, old ladies, students, punks, Roma. They whacked up the loot taken
from the smashed buffet, cigarettes, coolers became free of charge. The
looting was done mostly by the poor, since it's the tradition of the
proletariat, not of the counter-revolution. The spirit of the revolution
shot through the nationalist night in this way at least. Several policemen
were injured but finally things settled down again.

The next day, Tuesday, the revolters, led by fascist groups, attacked
police at Blaha Lujza square. One of their targets was the office of the
MSZP (Hungarian Socialist Party). Their slogans were: "Traitors!", "Ry-Ry,
Hungary!". The police were more alert; there were a lot of riot squads
ready for action. They started to arrest the revolters using TV recordings
and photos. The police atrocities were increasing; they attacked passive
bystanders if they were bored. Meanwhile the student demonstration against
the university tuition and the electoral gathering of the party in
opposition, Fidesz (Alliance of Young Democrats), were postponed. By day
hundreds of people, but at night thousands of people have been
demonstrating against the government. They are demanding conventional
assembly and new elections. There are demonstrations in the country towns,
too, for example in Szeged, Miskolc, Debrecen, Szombathely, Gyor,
Zalaegerszeg. On Wednesday there were fewer revolters in the streets and
the police were in superior numbers. Around 150 revolters were arrested,
and 500 people are still being looked for. There have been several
injuries, 138 of whom are policemen.

The politicians and the media are continue to manipulate when they state
that "anarchist ragbags" are rampaging through the streets. The fascists,
their own bourgeoisie behind them, have come alive. They are spreading
illusions about 1956 because they want to expropriate the heritage of the
communist revolution in order to make it out as a nationalist event. They
are shouting their slogans with this in view. The right-wing politician
and the "heaven-born peoples" are hoping together for the promising future
of the nation while the government and the opposition continue with their
electoral campaign. The situation has livened up, there remains no more
but to awaken the proletariat during the "nights of the long knives"...

Barikád Kollektíva
(Barricade Collective)
September 2006


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