“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)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

National day: abuse Jews, passers-by

15th March 2010, National Day of Hungary, Budapest, Deák tér, event of Jobbik.

Bloggers(1) were eyewitnesses of an incident. They recorded it and published the video on YouTube(2) and some added information in their blog(3). Thanks to them.

The video shows an example, how the Hungarian law authorities (here the police) assist the Hungarian far-rights with their provocations - this has been happening for at least 8 years.

On the video we can hear talks in Hungarian; unfortunately we still cannot give you the perfect English translation. (If somebody can help us with it, we are waiting with many thanks.)

But till then a brief is here:

The scene is at the end of the celebration, actually an election rally of the Neo-Nazi party Jobbik. The sounds of the "national anthem" of the far-rights, the "székely himnusz" can be heard in the background. Some fans of Jobbik are insulting, even abusing the passers-by who are moving and crossing the street. They are asking them why they are not standing still as is customary when the anthem can be heard. The Jobbik's are shouting, scolding, even swearing aggressively at them for their wrong behaviour: "you are not Hungarian, you are a Jew", etc. A young man is prevented from moving by Jobbik's. He cannot bear the humiliation and talks back to them. The quarrelling and jostling are increasing.

The policemen are flooring and pushing the insulted young man rudely against the shop-windows while Neo-Nazis are raging on and abusing him continuously. The provoker is shouting to the policemen: "Catch him! Handcuff him! May I help you with it?". Then he says: "How annoying when I'm on a Hungarian event and I'm disturb and manhandled." Says to a policeman: "I'm a military major, you know!"

Meanwhile, a heated far-right crowd gathered on the spot. Once the far-rights are beginning to repeat "We caught a komcsi!" ("komcsi" is pejorative form for "communist" - pronounce: ~ comchi ). The main Neo-Nazi provoker is saying he is filing a complaint for being named fascist and beaten. Their mates are volunteering to be witness in the police procedure.

Look, how a "Jew" becomes a "komcsi". And vice versa. The hate produces its object - independently of facts.

See also:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me. (4)

(1) http://mandiner.blog.hu
(2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBlaw1E6o6o
(3) http://mandiner.blog.hu/2010/03/15/komcsit_fogtunk_avagy_zsido_gyere_at_a_zebran
(4) Martin Niemöller, http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/niem.htm

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