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Crowd-funded satirical billboards counter Hungarian government's anti-immigrant campaign

  • A young woman looks at a satirical billboard in downtown Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday July 8, 2015. Hundreds of crowd-funded satirical billboards are being set up across the country to counter the government’s anti-immigration campaign. The humorous Two-Tailed Dog Party, says over 7,000 people gave 33.3 million forints ($115,000, euro105,000 ) for the billboard campaign against the Hungarian government’s own anti immigration campaign.  (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

    A young woman looks at a satirical billboard in downtown Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday July 8, 2015. Hundreds of crowd-funded satirical billboards are being set up across the country to counter the government’s anti-immigration campaign. The humorous Two-Tailed Dog Party, says over 7,000 people gave 33.3 million forints ($115,000, euro105,000 ) for the billboard campaign against the Hungarian government’s own anti immigration campaign. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man looks at a satirical billboard in downtown Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday July 8, 2015. Hundreds of crowd-funded satirical billboards are being set up across the country to counter the government’s anti-immigration campaign. The humorous Two-Tailed Dog Party, says over 7,000 people gave 33.3 million forints ($115,000, euro105,000) for the billboard campaign against the Hungarian government’s own anti immigration campaign. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

    A man looks at a satirical billboard in downtown Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday July 8, 2015. Hundreds of crowd-funded satirical billboards are being set up across the country to counter the government’s anti-immigration campaign. The humorous Two-Tailed Dog Party, says over 7,000 people gave 33.3 million forints ($115,000, euro105,000) for the billboard campaign against the Hungarian government’s own anti immigration campaign. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)  (The Associated Press)

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."