Racist fans attack Hungary activist before Jewish Congress

By REUTERS
April 29, 2013 17:54

BUDAPEST - The head of a Hungarian anti-racism group said far-right soccer fans shouted "Sieg Heil" and attacked him, breaking his nose days before the country is due to host the World Jewish Congress.

Ferenc Orosz, chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, told Reuters he was assaulted after arguing with a group of supporters chanting the Nazi slogan at a match between the Hungarian teams Videoton and Ferencvaros in Budapest on Sunday.

The campaign group was formed in tribute to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

Jewish and rights groups say anti-Semitism remains a significant problem in the central European country - a leader of its far-right Jobbik party called for lists of prominent Jews to be drawn up to protect national security in November.

Orosz said he tried to silence the supporters at the game in the city's Ferenc Puskas Stadium. Some members of the group called him a "Jewish communist" and he was approached by two men afterwards, one of whom hit him.


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