“Mixing of races”: Viktor Orban defends “a cultural point of view”

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<p><strong>VIENNA | Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, visiting Austria, defended a Hungarian “cultural point of view” on Thursday after his virulent speech last weekend against “race mixing”.</strong> </p>
<p>“It sometimes happens that I speak in a way that can be misunderstood, but I have asked the chancellor (Karl Nehammer) to please put the information in a cultural context,” he said during a press conference in Vienna. “In Hungary, these expressions and sentences represent a cultural, civilizational point of view”.</p>
<p>The 59-year-old Hungarian nationalist leader, accustomed to blows and fiercely anti-migrants, rejected on Saturday the vision of a “multi-ethnic” society.</p><!-- adman_adcode (middle, 1) --><script async=

“We don't want to be a mixed race”, which would mix with “non-Europeans”, he had said, before making an apparent allusion to the gas chambers of the Nazi regime, which had earned him strong criticism from the Jewish community and the resignation of a councillor.

Since his return to power in 2010, Viktor Orban has transformed his country by implementing “illiberal” reforms, based on the “defense of a Christian Europe”.

He notably attacked migrants from Africa and the Middle East and NGOs coming to their aid, tightening the right to asylum and erecting barriers at the borders.

Mr. Nehammer spoke about this new controversy at the start of the press conference, “strongly condemning all forms of racism and anti-Semitism” and assuring that the two men had addressed the issue “in complete frankness”.

“We are in perfect agreement”, reacted Viktor Orban, saying he was “proud” of the policy of “zero tolerance” carried out by Hungary.