“We are chosen, only we are the chosen people,” said one of the speakers, Lóránt Hegedűs, Jr. at the event held today. Gábor Vona, party leader of Hungary’s far-right party Jobbik and the founder of the original Hungarian Guard called it a “review of the troops.” The event also marked the 4th anniversary of the Guard’s establishment.
The Hungarian Guard – which in its organizational aspects is reminiscent of Hitler’s SS – is officially banned in Hungary. After a court decision from 2008 ordered them to disband, it underwent an organizational transformation to at least nominally comply with Hungarian law: it splintered into smaller organizations, and as such fell out from Jobbik’s immediate governance. Most of these splinter groups have organized themselves into a loose organization (they call themselves the Hungarian National Guard, to distinguish themselves from the New Hungarian Guard, the only splinter group that remains under Jobbik’s control) while Jobbik went on to become a “legitimate” political party which currently holds over 12% of the seats in the Hungarian parliament.
Prominent Jobbik politicians, including Vona, were present at the gathering, where the greatest variety of the splinter groups were seen together for the first time since Jobbik’s representatives took their seats in the Hungarian parliament. The emphasis on Vona’s central role in these paramilitary political organizations is certainly interesting: he is now an officer of the Hungarian state but he still boasts about his founding of an illegal organization. All in all, it appears to be an indication that Jobbik is ready to re-unify the splinter groups under its control. To this effect, Vona stated that he is going to seek out all previous members of the Guard in the next few months in order to reforge their unity. “Jobbik cannot do without the Guard, but the Guard cannot do without Jobbik either,” he said in his speech.