Hungary bans far-right protest ahead of World Jewish Congress assembly

April 30, 2013

(Participants of “March of the Living” walk in Budapest April 21, 2013. Participants of the walk remember more than half a million Hungarian Jews who were killed in the Holocaust during World War Two. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

Hungary has banned a far-right rally planned for the day before an international conference of Jewish leaders opens in the capital, it said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has instructed police to prevent any disturbance around the World Jewish Congress, which begins on Sunday and is expected to express concern over rising anti-Semitism across Europe.

“The captain of Budapest city police has banned an anti-Bolshevik and anti-Zionist demonstration organized in parallel with the opening of the World Jewish Congress,” the government said in a statement.

Orban will address the congress on Sunday, where he will send a clear message against anti-Semitism, an aide said.

The government has also expressed sympathy to Ferenc Orosz, the head of a Hungarian anti-racism group who was attacked by far-right soccer fans after he confronted people chanting Nazi slogans at a match on Sunday.

“Minister of Interior Sandor Pinter has assured the members of the government that he will take all possible actions to apprehend the perpetrators so they may feel the full weight of justice,” the government statement said.

— by Gergely Szakacs in Budapest

via Hungary bans far-right protest ahead of Jewish Congress | Reuters.

See also:

Racist fans attack Hungarian activist ahead of Jewish Congress – April 29

Hungarians protest anti-Semitism in rally ahead of WJC – April 21

Hungary’s Jews face down new extremism – December 16

Hungary PM condemns far-right, promises to protect Jews – December 3

Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews – November 27

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