According to the Government Spokesperson, civil disobedience is a political category; Hungarian law does not allow any non-governmental organisation to withdraw itself from the scope of effect of laws that have been adopted by the National Assembly.

Speaking on Kossuth Radio’s “180 Minutes” program on Friday morning, Zoltán Kovács said: Which organisations are refusing to register themselves in accordance with the law says a lot about “what we are facing”. The “Soros organisations” can be clearly identified amongst those that are “attempting to resist”, he said.

The Act on the Transparency of Organisations Financed from Abroad was adopted by the National Assembly on 13 June.

Zoltán Kovács, who was also asked about the Budapest FINA World Aquatics Championships which begin on Friday, said that to “save the situation” following an unsuccessful Mexican attempt to hold the event, a little less than two years ago Hungary undertook to create the required infrastructure and to “organise a world class event”. “This is an important test of Hungary’s abilities”, he said, adding that the work required to realise a successful event had been completed with regard to both financing and organisation.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)