Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary on Tuesday banned a rally by farright protesters
scheduled for the day before an international conference of Jewish leaders opens
in the capital.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has instructed police to
prevent any disturbance around the World Jewish Congress, which is set to begin
on Sunday and expected to express concern over rising anti-Semitism across
“The captain of Budapest city police has banned an anti-Bolshevik
and anti-Zionist demonstration organized in parallel with the opening of the
World Jewish Congress,” the government said in a statement.
address the congress on Sunday, where he will send a clear message against
anti-Semitism, an aide said.
The government has also expressed sympathy
with Ferenc Orosz
, the head of a Hungarian anti-racism group who was attacked by
far-right soccer fans after he confronted people chanting Nazi slogans at a
match on Sunday.
“Minister of the Interior Sandor Pinter has assured the
members of the government that he will take all possible actions to apprehend
the perpetrators so they may feel the full weight of justice,” the government
Orosz heads the Raoul Wallenberg Association, 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 farright Jobbik Party in November called for lists of prominent
Jews to be drawn up to protect national security.
Orosz said he tried to
silence the supporters chanting Nazi slogans at the game in Budapest. Some
members of the group called him a “Jewish communist” and he was approached by
two men afterwards, one of whom hit him, breaking his nose.
got into parliament [in 2010], hate speech has gained a lot more ground,” Orosz
told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference about hate speech on
Hungarian Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog said he was
shocked to hear of the attack against a “companion in arms and an old friend” of
both himself and Orban.
“Ferenc Orosz was assaulted because he spoke out
against hate speech. However, this foul deed has not dissuaded us and in fact
has strengthened our resolve to take the most decisive possible action against
all manifestations of hate speech and behavior in the future,” Balog
“The blows were sustained not only by the chairman of an
organization that stands up for human rights, and a member of FIDESZ [Alliance
of Young Democrats], but are also an assault against all Hungarian people of
good heart,” Balog said.
More than 500,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in
the Holocaust after Hungary sided with the Nazis in World War
II.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.