Hungary launches mobile billboard to counter criticism

A huge photo of the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt is seen on the billboard of a van parking in front of the Prime Minister's Office after it was introduced by government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs during his press conference in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Nov. 28. 2018. The placard says 'Hundreds have died in terrorist attacks since 2015, but Guy Verhofstadt says: 'We don't have a migration crisis. (07/04/2018)' 'This is insame!' (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s government is using a mobile billboard to defend itself against criticism of Prime Minister Victor Orban’s anti-immigration policies.

Earlier this month Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE faction of the European Parliament, used a billboard mounted on a truck in Brussels to depict Orban as someone seeking to destroy the European Union after taking substantial funds from the bloc.

Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said late Wednesday that a truck displaying billboards mocking Verhofstadt’s views will be travelling around Hungary and go to Brussels. It said “Hundreds have died in terrorist attacks since 2015” and linked it to a migration crisis.

Orban was elected to his third consecutive term in April, stressing strong opposition to mainly Muslim immigration as a supposed defense of Europe and Hungary’s Christian culture.

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