Migszol protest against detention was very successful. In this blog post, we address the critique of Jobbik for not engaging in dialogue with them, as well as ponder why does it matter that supporters from Budapest drive a bus to Debrecen to support the cause of refugees and asylum seekers over there - and who, in the end, are the “locals” suffering from the refugee camp.
The Hungarian radical right party Jobbik criticized Migszol for coming all over from Budapest with a bus, protesting against asylum seekers’ detention in Debrecen, and not understanding what the locals suffer. Ironically, that is totally true - we do not understand why the locals suffer. By the locals, however, we do not only refer to Hungarians living around the area of Samsoni ut, but of course to the asylum seekers and refugees living inside the camp and inside the detention centre. Jobbik, it seems, has not considered, while holding their political campaign speeches at the entrance of the camp, that asylum seekers and refugees “live” in the area as much as they do, and if someone is suffering from the living conditions in the camp and in the detention, it is them. Hungary and Debrecen are not providing a “favor” by running a refugee camp and “letting” refugees live there. Hungary has the legal obligation of providing respectable living conditions for anyone who wishes to seek asylum - because we all have the fundamental right to do that.
So, why did Migszol not wish to speak with Jobbik representatives on Saturday?