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1 Randall Gross  Wed, Aug 3, 2011 6:43:51am

I suspect some of this story and the source, although the far right in Hungary is horrible this smells like agit prop. I'll wait til I see it from reputable sources.

2 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Wed, Aug 3, 2011 7:14:20am

re: #1 Thanos

I suspect some of this story and the source, although the far right in Hungary is horrible this smells like agit prop. I'll wait til I see it from reputable sources.

SZ is respectable and explicitly mentions forced labor and labor camps in the article (in German, though: "Zwangsarbeit und Arbeitslager"). Of course WSWS is agitprop, but although they mention WSJ, there is nothing else in English from recently.

Here is Spiegel, some weeks ago:

Hungary has been moving further and further away from EU values and standards -- and that's exactly what Orbán wants. One proposed law would force Hungary's unemployed to perform community service. If their homes are far from where they are supposed to do such work, the law adds that they can be housed in work camps.

And here is The Economist :

And last week the government unveiled a vast public-works programme. The scheme is eye-catching. After 180 days of unemployment, those able to work will lose their benefits unless they agree to do public works. Some 42,000 policemen—early retirees who have been summoned back into the force—will be set to work supervising as many as 300,000 people working on projects that could involve building dykes and dams and even, according to a group of disgruntled formerly retired policemen who claim to have seen leaked plans, football stadiums.

In exchange for four hours’ work a day, the participants will continue to receive benefits—though at a rate rather less than the 81,000 forint ($440) monthly minimum wage. They will be entitled to free meals if they have to travel for more than three hours to get to work, and overnight accommodation if their journey lasts more than six hours. The policemen say both workers and their supervisors will be accommodated in containers. Lest anyone think of work camps, Sándor Pintér, the interior minister, said the retired policemen would be there to co-ordinate operations, not oversee workers.

The Guardian:

Unemployment benefit restricted to 90 days and work camps housed in shipping containers planned


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