Four men had a habit on going on killing sprees, and they now face trial in a country increasingly tolerant of neo-Nazi sentiment. Their most famous crime shook what there is to remain of a civil society in Hungary. Early in the morning in February of 2009 in the small north-eastern village of Tatarszentgyorgy, an SUV stopped in front of a house on the outskirts of the village. It is well-known in such villages that the few houses on the border belong to the Roma, a minority under fierce and unmasked racist attack in today’s Hungary. The passengers of the SUV threw a Molotov-cocktail into the house. The inhabitants wanted to flee the house when gun-fire opened on them from the SUV outside of their door: a 5-year old child and his father died in the attack, several other family members were injured. Read more.
Posted on July 23, 2011
Hungarian neo-nazi organizations do not live on a big budget. Their expenses are met from member donations, small contributions from individual sympathizers, grants from civic organizations, and the profit of economic enterprise. Through certain channels however they also receive money from government sources – even neo-Nazi organizations that illegally operate in Hungary. Read more.
In the wake of the bombing and shooting spree in Norway, the Hungarian media has dedicated considerable amount of attention to Anders Behring Breivik’s Hungarian connections. Read more.
Posted on July 30, 2011
To begin with, let’s concede that Jobbik, Hungary’s extreme-right parliamentary party is not immediately responsible for the actions of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. To accuse them of having any agency in Breivik’s actions would truly be absurd. Let’s also skip their indignity over the charge: if that is what they think caught the eyes of many Hungarians in connection with this affair, they are attacking a straw man. More.
Posted on August 2, 2011
Recent spikes in the support of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party, have taken many by surprise. The party already came in 4th in the 2010 parliamentary elections with 16.63% of the votes. This summer however, in Gyöngyöspata, where previously anti-Roma para-militaries had staged a siege against the town’s Roma population, two far-right candidates received a combined 44% of the votes. What drives people to support Jobbik?Disillusionment, frustration and pessimism are only a few of the features in the psychological profile of these voters. Read more.
Posted on September 8, 2011
Surprising if not incredible findings were the result of a survey probing into the racist feelings harbored by Hungarian youth in 2010. Read more.