Far-Right MEP Morvai Not Welcome in Gandhi High School

Krisztina Morvai, member of the European Parliament for Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party, was turned away from from a lecture in Eastern-Europe’s only school for students of Roma nationality. One of the most outspoken politicians of a party well-known for its anti-Roma agenda was told of the news while already in the school.Krisztina Morvai visited Gandhi High School in the south-Hungarian city of Pécs as part of her nation-wide series of political discussions among the base of the far-right party. Morvai describes these townhall-style events as discussions in “municipalities and communities where the co-existence of Romas and the majority society is filled with tension.”

In Pécs, the story of Morvai’s explorations of the country intersected with another program agenda, one funded by the EU. Gandhi High School wanted to host speakers from the European Parliament for lectures that would provide an overview of the decision-making mechanisms of the European Union. According to students of Gandhi, they were also promised a trip to Brussels under the auspices of the same program.

The high school in question, bearing the name of the pacifist political leader Mahatma Gandhi, is a unique institution. It is dedicated to raise a new generation of Hungarian Roma intellectuals: to prepare Roma youth for their university studies while also providing instruction in Roma languages, art and tradition.

According to the head-mistress of the school,  Erzsébet Gidáné Orsós, Morvai was the first among Hungarian members of the EP to register her interest in a visit to Gandhi. But according to Morvai, Gandhi was to host her on her political tour; as such, she arrived to Gandhi to hold an “unusual lesson in history.” Afterwards,  she would have been particularly keen to hear the reactions of the Roma students.

Morvai, a euro-sceptic representative of the European Parliament, was already on location, speaking to teachers in the high school, when the head-mistress of Gandhi  told her that she could not hold “class” in the high school. Parents who received news of the unusual lesson in history demanded the cancellation of the event. Roma activists and trustees of the foundation which operates the high school also expressed their outrage – apparently the headmistress was alone in the school’s leadership in seeking “dialogue” with one of the most prominent figures of the Hungarian far-right.

Campus of Gandhi High School in Pécs, Hungary: the only school for students of Roma nationality in Eastern-Europe.

On the day of her visit, Morvai was also scheduled to speak to far-right voters in Pécs at two other forums. “There is an influential stratum of leeches (gypsies and non-gypsies) who live off of the destitution of the gypsies. They are offended when real problems of the minority are brought up, such as dependency on aid, maintenance of a lumpen life-style and seven-eight children a family,” she said in reaction to the incident later in the afternoon, at a forum held for her supporters.

The audience of about 40 raised complaints about life in the south-Hungarian city, including truculence, threats, theft, verbal insult and positive discrimination for the Roma population.

On far right web portals, Morvai has already made available three excerpts of the material she is collecting during her tour for a book project. In the book, Morvai wants to present “gypsies advocating a normal life-style, who think honorably” but who are forced by a stratum of “fake representatives” to organize their lives around social benefits and criminality.

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11 Responses to Far-Right MEP Morvai Not Welcome in Gandhi High School

  1. MMiranda says:

    I applaud the school for showing Morvai her place. So happy to see the Roma fighting back the oppressors. I like Hungarian Culture, but I don’t think what they are doing to the Roma is right.

  2. EBE says:

    Bravo Gandhi High School! Hungarian politicians should give attention here. THose who probably will criticize the school stance regarding Morvai, rest assured Morvai did not go there to start a two-way communication. Morvai wanted to stir up controversy. Even the idea that she would walk in and hold a history lesson to Roma youth is offensive. Actions speak louder from Morvai than her supposed support for “gypsies advocating a normal life-style, who think honorably”.

  3. Magyar ember says:

    “So happy to see the Roma fighting back the oppressors. I like Hungarian Culture, but I don’t think what they are doing to the Roma is right.”

    Excuse me, but as a Hungarian I can tell you that for centuries the gypsies (or Roma as you call them) have resisted many attempts to be assimilated into Hungarian culture. During the communist years in Hungary they were given free education, free housing and other social assistance that a large majority of them did not take advantage of. They basically have all the same rights as Hungarians do and receive the same if not more assistance. You make it sound as if they are being persecuted which in fact they are not. There is no official government sponsored discrimination directed at the gypsies. There are in fact a few isolated attacks perpetrated by a few individuals against gypsies. The liberal media often distorts and twists the facts to serve their own needs. What the liberal media does not show you is the gypsy attacks on old Hungarian people who are defenseless. They are beaten to death and robbed for their possessions. If you don’t believe me than check this link out.

    You might want to also check out when the Hungarian teacher was dragged out of his car by a gypsy mob and beaten to death.

    http://www.pestiside.hu/20061018/press-enjoy-second-field-day-after-olaszliszka-lynching

    So my friend, do you not like what the gypsies are doing to the Hungarians as well?

    • MMiranda says:

      “You might want to also check out when the Hungarian teacher was dragged out of his car by a gypsy mob and beaten to death.”

      Yes, some Roma are criminals, but that does not justify killing Roma families like in this case:

      Just father and son were killed, but still.

      I apologize for giving the impression that all Hungarians persecute Roma. However, with all due respect, I believe the government should be doing more to address poverty and giving them more access to education and protecting them from people that DO go after them, not just criminalizing and dehumanizing them for belonging to a different ethnic group.

      Here is another video, in which the Roma were evacuated due to their lives being in danger because a vigilante camp was set up nearby:

  4. Magyar ember says:

    “I believe the government should be doing more to address poverty and giving them more access to education…”

    To get yourself out of poverty you must work, there are some hard working gypsies and there are those (majority) that don’t want to work and only want government handouts (as I witnessed in my town in Hungary 1998). Hundreds waiting for free government handouts….

    “giving them more access to education…”

    There is free education in Hungary for all citizens (Hungarian & gypsy alike) until high school. There is access to education IF THEY WANT IT…it seems many don’t send there children to school. I watched a program on gypsies in the Czech republic and there too gypsy families don’t send their children to school because it is too “white”. Once again showing the reluctance of gypsies to assimilate. The Hungarian government is now only giving gypsy families money if their children attend school, if they don’t attend school=no welfare!

    “not just criminalizing and dehumanizing them for belonging to a different ethnic group.”

    If you read my previous post, I mentioned that fact that there is no organized discrimination on the part of government towards this group.

    “Here is another video, in which the Roma were evacuated due to their lives being in danger because a vigilante camp was set up nearby:”

    There was nothing to worry about, this “vigilante group” is actually a Hungarian nationalist group that was just protesting the crimes of the gypsies in that town. This “fear for their lives” thing is overblown media hype. The group wasn’t there to harm anyone, just protest and protect the people living in daily fear. Apparently, police protection in rural Hungary is minimal, it is up to you to defend yourself as there is no policemen to do it for you.

    • mikkamakkandur says:

      First of all: what on earth do any of your rants have to do with this post, Magyar ember? You are commenting on a post about Morvai, and how she was not allowed to speak at the Roma high school. And you go on and on posting videos about Roma criminality. What exactly is the connection?

      Two, I really don’t think things like this are going to fly on this blog:

      “There was nothing to worry about, this “vigilante group” is actually a Hungarian nationalist group that was just protesting the crimes of the gypsies in that town.”

      Now c’mon. “There was nothing to worry about it.” You mean you do not have anything to worry about it? Look through this blog’s posts to see how many reasons there were for the Roma to worry about it. As if “a Hungarian nationalist group protesting the crimes of the gypsies in that town” would not be reason to worry for people who are collectively being held responsible for crimes. Not only is there reason to worry about it, this in itself is a definition of a human right violation – and something punishable by international law!

      What beats me is how you think that any of what you say disproves that the Romas are oppressed in Hungary by people with your type of mentality. Seriously, if we ever needed proof of that, we would just have to have you keep on talking.

    • Pista says:

      how many Roma have you given employment to?

  5. vendaval says:

    Just a reminder: the above school was built of Hungarian taxpayers’ money and not by the local gypsy community.

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