Gyöngyöspata is a small North-Eastern Hungarian town. It has a population in the proximity of 4,000, of whom about 450 belong to the Roma minority. In March 2011, the town has become the focal point for far-right paramilitary extremism, forever branding the Roma population of the village with the notion of “gypsy criminality.”

Related material is divided into two pages.

A quick summary of the events of the spring of 2011 is summarized here, along with a link to further information.

In an election held in June, the town chose Jobbik’s (Hungary’s far-right parliamentary party’s) representative as mayor. Later in the summer, the village was selected as the experimental ground for the government’s mandatory public work program. You can read my posts on these developments on this page.

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