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31st January, 2018

Lázár sees public workers as thieves

Prime Minister’s Office leader János Lázár implied that those employed on public works schemes are thieves, as he addressed a local forum in Hódmezővásárhely on Tuesday.

He said public safety is improving in Hungary because more people are in prison than earlier and because people have no time to steal while they are doing public works.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the minister “was not thinking of the honest and decent public workers, but of those who had earlier been forced by the Socialist government into a life of crime just to make a living”.

Imre Komjáthi, head of the Work, Bread and Fair Wages association, wrote in an open letter to Lázár that he had offended nearly 200,000 people with his words.

Komjáthi demanded that Lázár resign from politics and issue an apology, and vowed to file a complaint against Lázár for incitement against a community.

István Vécsi, co-president of the Public Workers Trade Union, called Lázár’s words outrageous. He recalled that in recent years several major corruption cases were associated with people close to the government, not with public workers.

Socialist vice-president Zoltán Gőgös said leading Fidesz politicians would be outstandingly suited for public works, such as György Matolcsy, Antal Rogán and Árpád Habony. “There are many others, who should perhaps be put in public works so that they do not have time or the mood to steal the country’s assets”.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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