Satirical billboards tackle Hungary's anti-immigrant drive

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Posted: Jul 08, 2015 10:40 AM
Satirical billboards tackle Hungary's anti-immigrant drive

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of crowd-funded satirical billboards with messages like "Sorry for our prime minister " and "Come to Hungary, we've got jobs in London" are being set up across the country to counter the government's anti-immigration campaign.

Gergely Kovacs, president of the humorous Two-Tailed Dog Party, says over 7,000 people gave 33.3 million forints ($115,000) for the billboard campaign organized jointly with Atlatszo.hu, a group of investigative journalists.

Facing an unprecedented number of migrants and refugees — 73,000 so far this year — Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government rejects most economic immigrants and has put up billboards with slogans like "If you come to Hungary, you cannot take Hungarians' jobs."

Kovacs said the 900 billboards being unveiled this month are meant "to offset the government's hate campaign."