Our Hungarian correspondent László sends this report on his determined efforts to test the limits of the COVID-19 regimen, seeing how far he can push back before he encounters official obstruction.
A Report From Budapest: Covid-19 Tyranny is Getting Worse
I am fed up, but will not give up
I just want to let off steam, and let you know how things are going mad here in Budapest, too. Softly mad, but mad. Some right-wing news outlets that have their own private comment section have started censoring C19 truth like crazy. We used to have freedom of speech in those comment walls… Soon no freedom of speech will be left. And the stupid, relentless official C19 propaganda is the same here as everywhere else in the world.
However, the police are probably not as tough as in other Western countries. There was a smaller lockdown demo here in Budapest today (300 people) and the cops did not beat anyone, and nobody was arrested. But the officers were arguing with the demonstrators in a totalitarian way, such as: “This is not the way to protest.” It would be funny if it were not so serious. Here is a video of the demo.
I met cops during a night curfew in a suburb some weeks ago — they pulled over in their car and asked me what I was doing there in the street (I was walking for sport), but they did not fine me or take me to jail. They asked my name, and said, “OK, take care, it is late.” The streets were empty; no people. I was walking alone near a park.
Today I refused to wear the Corona Hijab on a public bus. The driver publicly threatened that he would not start the vehicle till I masked up. I answered him (and everyone) loudly: “There is no pandemic whatsoever; wake up, everyone.” Then I told the driver that “OK, I will put it on; you can start.” So he started the engine. He answered on the loudspeaker (so that everybody could hear it): “OK, but this is the law.” (to wear a mask) Thus he revealed he also knew that this whole Covid thing was only a scam. When the bus started off from the stop, I again took off the mask, so that everyone including the driver could see my unmasked face. We were on the road in heavy traffic in the city between bus stops, so he could not just stop and throw me out.
Soon, as I was looking out of the window with my maskless face, watching the night city lights passing by, the driver spied my trick in the mirror and told me (on the loudspeaker again) that I had to “get off the bus when we reach the next stop” because I had no mask on. I responded loudly, “OK, of course, no problem”. Then, just before we reached the next stop I put on the mask again theatrically. So that he could not expel me, and had to start the bus again, because I was legal again. But when we were driving between two stops again, I took off the hijab again. I played this game a couple of times, until the bus reached my destination.
Then I walked by the driver’s compartment and told him that this would not do. He answered that he had to do this, because the bus is full of cameras, and “Who will pay my fine? And I will not be able to feed my children.” I told him that there will come much bigger problems for all of us than his feeding his children if we all do not rebel. And then I got off the bus where I originally planned to. There were about ten people on the bus. Everybody was looking down all the way, all of them properly “hijabed”, and nobody tried to communicate with me in any way during the conflict. They avoided the hassle, and even eye contact.
I must emphasize that I did not behave rudely or in an impolite way at all in the conflict — I acted firmly, but I was not aggressive. (If, in theory, cops had come and beat me or shot me, I am not sure if anyone of these passengers would have batted an eyelid.) I was officially a criminal, or at least an outcast.
It is interesting, though, that there are a lot of homeless people who travel around on the heated vehicles of public transport in Budapest. They are maskless. They do not even buy a ticket, but nobody harasses them or throws them off the buses. So somehow it is all about the submission of the middle class. People intuitively know that it is a collective game, they feel it is all about showing submission, and they play accordingly.
I have tested the system of the New Normal a couple of other times at other places to see how people react who are in critical positions for the maintenance of the New Order. And it is not nice. Some shopkeepers get very arrogant if you are not wearing the Corona Hijab. And in some grocery stores they actually refused to sell me food till I put the mask on. But the system is not unbreakable: some people may give up if you push hard enough. I mean, in some cases when I insisted with enough zeal that I would not wear it no matter what, and threatened THEM (who denied service to me in the absence of the mask) that I would call their boss, the police, or take them to court, they became a bit softer, and they served me food the get rid of me, even when my nose was not covered (blimey!)…
So my conclusion is that we have a soft tyranny here in Hungary, but I am afraid it will lead to the same (Greatly Reset) tyranny as the tougher ones in Canada or Germany. My tests showed that it takes a lot of mental energy, informed determination, boldness and adrenaline to deliberately break the system in planned conflicts even in such trivial cases such as in shops or on a bus.
So at this moment it seems that the C19 tyranny will remain in place and will tighten further until we all become enslaved, because it is impossible to permanently break the system alone, or organize the resistance. And for the majority who are not willing to give up their comforts and fight a bit, it is not a big deal yet — so we are walking into the trap as a society, step by step deeper.
I do not think it is Viktor Orbán who is really imposing this Chinese madness on us. He is even shielding us from it in a couple of ways (no daytime lockdowns, no police brutality, and the economy is protected and boosted). But the SYSTEM is the same.
Some people think the Orbán government may not withstand this C19 war, and will lose the 2022 election, because people are getting fed up, and blame him, unfortunately. This would be a tragedy and the demise of the Hungarian nation, because it would mean immediate Islamic invasion.
This is the way things are in Eastern Covidistan of Eurabia. I am fed up, but will not give up. The worst is yet to come, I am afraid — but it is not the virus I am afraid of. Our old, good world is gone and I am really sad about it. I am actually mourning it.