- 21 Jul 2014 9:00 AM
Steiner, a former mayor of the district, called the justification of the ruling “shocking” in which the court said that the referendum cannot be held for the reason that the government had decreed that the memorial was a project of primary importance for the national economy.
Hungary has no economic interest in erecting this memorial which would not yield any benefit, but hurt the country’s reputation and infuriate democratic states, he said.
Steiner said the opposition Socialists adopted at their weekend congress a declaration in which they call on the government to abandon its plan on the construction of a monument that “divides and offends Hungarian people.”
They also declared solidarity with those civilians who had been “defending justice for the past 101 days” at the construction site and pledged actions in civil disobedience, he said.
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