“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)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Antifa activists remove Árpád-stripes flag in Budapest

The far-right's red-white-striped Árpád-stripes(4) flag appeared next to red-white-green Hungarian flag on a building in Zugló, the 14th district of Budapest on the national holiday of 15 March 2012, the daily newspaper Népszava(1) and the blog Fotolexikon(2) report.
Árpád-stripes flag on a house in Zugló, Budapest(2)
This fact generated some discussion and amazement on Facebook. The journalist Mónika Török encouraged citizens of the district to remove the flag rather than just to bewail the situation. The replies to this suggestion were sceptic and reluctant, nevertheless some Nazis immediately came up with threats for the case should the flag disappear. Some commentators had moral(!) scruples about doing something like this by saying: 'you should realize that resistance has never been a custom of us, leftists'. Seeing that no action can be expected from local activists, the journalist and some of her companions removed the Nazi-flag by themselves and reported about the action(2,3) on Facebook.

arpadsavos zászló leszerelése.MOV

The reaction to this report was at least disappointing. Some comments admittedly expressed appreciation and congratulated to the action, however, most of them gave voice to concern and fear about possible consequences or even revenge - 'oh my God, what will happen now', a commentator wrote. Conversely, the Nazis were not so shy. Gross verbal insults and threats to murder appeared immediately including anti-Semitic sayings like: "The summer-camp Auschwitz will be re-opened and then they may lament as much as they want to. Tee-hee."

This is Hungary 2012, János Dési, the author of the Népszava article concludes.
(1) 26/03/2012, Dési János: Szaknyilasok, ellenállók és az Árpád-sávos zászló,
(2) 26/03/2012, Szaknyilasok, ellenállók és az Árpád-sávos zászló: http://fotolexikon.blogspot.com/
(3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHRx5LjXyMU
(4) Árpád stripes, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81rp%C3%A1d_stripes
(a) Although the Árpád stripes(4) have centuries old historical origins, they have fascist connotations because the Nazi puppet government formed by members of the Hungarian Arrow Cross Party, which was in place for seven months (October 1944–April 1945), used a similar symbol as a component of their flag in the 1940s. Today Hungarian neo-Nazis deny the relation to the symbol of Arrow Cross Party saying that theirs is different. But the strong similarity is undoubted and one hardly could say it is unintentional. Anyway, today the Árpád stripes pattern (on flag or different material) is preferably used by Hungarian far-rights only .

(b) Under the video on the Youtube(3) can be read some extremely rude Nazi comment. In Hungarian, naturally:
German version: Antifa-Aktivisten entfernen Árpádflagge in Budapest, http://antifa-hungary.blogspot.com/2012/03/antifa-aktivisten-entfernen-arpadflagge.html

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