“The world is a dangerous place to live in; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
(Albert Einstein – refugee from Nazi Germany)

Friday, January 1, 2010

New-Year Party of Neo-Nazis

Location: Café Libella(1), Budapest (next to the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and also to Hotel Gellért), Hungary, Europe
Time: 1 January 2010, 1-2 am (New Year's Eve 2009/2010)
The story: A circle of friends celebrates New Year's Eve in Café Libella. 3-4 Neo-Nazis enter the Café. They sit down behind a pillar and are watching when someone, an estimatedly Jewish person will go to the toilette. F. (mother: Christian, father: a Jewish craftsman) and B. (a poet and writer) who, by chance, goes to the toilette at the same time, turn out to become the victims. The Neo-Nazis outrage F. as a Jew and spit on him. B. (not Jewish in any sense) tries to defend F. They knock down B. (black-out, bloodstains on the glazed tile of the toilette and on B.'s jacket, concussion). The victims don't shout, don't give any sign so that they could alarm their friends. Having done their job, the Neo-Nazis undisturbedly leave the café. B. is taken away by the ambulance, however, being the fortieth in the night queue, he leaves the clinic before a CT scan was taken since he feels having not suffered any fracture. He returns to Café Libella. This fact is recognised by the police, that has arrived in the meanwhile, with some disappointment (?). Indeed, in such cases only a civil action rather than a criminal procedure can be initiated, should the injury recover within eight days time. Furthermore, even if the injury recovers beyond eight days, a considerable penalty can only be expected in case of a fracture, the police say.

The writer Krisztián Grecsó(2) wrote about Café Libella (some years ago):

"Café Libella is a premise that can't be entered with sword and shield since you will be rebuked. They are concerned about you, they take care of you. You can't slash there; you can do it everywhere in the town, however not in Libella since it is an island without any shore; it is a place that you may easily enter but, certainly, only hardly leave."(2)

(1) http://www.libella.info.hu/libella.html
(2) http://kultura.hu/main.php?folderID=1193&articleID=262257&ctag=articlelist&iid=1

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