Caught in the Web of Hazy Thinking, Hungary’s Jobbik Distances Itself from Norwegian Tragedy
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.
Within days after Jobbik sympathizer Zsolt Tyirityán delivered a speech about shooting Jews and persons of color in an apocalyptic showdown between the pure-bred forces of his Betyársereg and criminal gypsies backed by Israeli tanks; within days only after Jobbik-allied neo-Nazi leader László Toroczkai spoke of shooting the previous socialist prime minister of Hungary Utoya-island style (“we would have done a favor to Hungarians had we shot him while he was still in youth camp”), Gábor Vona, party-chairman of Hungary’s far-right party Jobbik also gave a speech. In Romania, he told his sympathizers about nothing less than a life and death struggle to arrive in the Carpathian basin. Read 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 August 28, 2011
“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. Read more.
Posted on August 30, 2011
Another post on Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party, with apologies to readers who are impatient with this string of reports covering Jobbik’s recent appearances in Hungary’s news. Yes, a properly contrarian blog on Hungary should perhaps pay more attention to the government and the economy. But there is no harm in compiling this info, especially for as long as we do not really know what the government is going to do about the economy. Read more.
It is hard to assess the most recent party congress of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party, where the emphasis was primarily on preparations to emerge as Hungary’s governing political force. In the part of the world where I live, we are celebrating Halloween on this Monday: the day to remember the macabre, the ghoulish and the hideous aspects of our collective lives. I dedicate this post, therefore, to the liberal leftist cosmopolitan values of Halloween as much as to every one of my readers who is concerned enough to find the following report (a report on the third, perhaps second most popular party in Hungary) frightful. Read more.
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. Read more.