Elie Wiesel Institute slams Romanian lawmaker who defended Viktor Orban’s ‘mixed race‘ comments

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The Elie Wiesel Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania has rebuked a Romanian lawmaker from a Hungarian party who defended comments made by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on not ‘mixing races.’

Zoltan Zakaris from the Union of Democratic Hungarians in Romania said that the Hungarian leader’s recent speech which he made in Romania was “not racist.

„We do not agree with imposing a mixing with another culture outside of European culture. That’s simple,” the MP said, repeating the theme.

“Of course I applauded him,” he told B1 TV on Wednesday. “It’s a reality on our territory, this mixing of cultures. He was speaking about the Carpathian basin, where different Christian communities co-habit. That’s what the Hungarian prime minister was speaking about…. Nobody from these communities wants to be mixed with other cultures.”

But the Elie Wiesel Institute on Thursday said that his message “endangers democracy. We remember that racism…. anti-Semitism and xenophobia was the ideological tool that led to the extermination of Jews and Roma by Germany and its allies, including Romania and Hungary.”

The Hungarian prime minister’s commentrs in which he warned against mixing with „non-Europeans.”triggered international outrage. The United States calling his remarks „inexcusable.

Elie Wiesel said Romania had „a duty to the victims of the Holocaust condemn racism and xenophobia.”

„Amnesia doesn’t bring anything good. Remember that so that the past does not become your future,” the press release said, adding that public comments agreeing with Orban were inflammatory.

The Elie Wiesel Institute noted that while a former leader of the Hungarian party has distanced himself from Orban, the party’s current leader, a minister and a lawmaker “are clearly positioning themselves on the side of Viktor Orban.

„To say in 2022 that ‘we do not agree with mixing with another culture outside of the European culture. That’s simple” is an open statement rejecting people from other continents!” the release quoted.

 

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