OUTRAGE IN HUNGARY OVER JEWISH REGISTER REMARK
PHOTO A protester dons a yellow star on his coat as thousands of people turned out to condemn comments made by far-right lawmaker Marton Gyongyosi. BY Janos Marjai / AP
Thousands of Hungarians turned out onto the streets of Budapest to protest against the country’s far-right Jobbik party after one of its members called for a register of Jews to be drawn up.
The remarks were made after a debate earlier in the week on fighting in the Gaza Strip. They were later withdrawn claiming they had been misunderstood.
But Sunday’s protesters remained angry:
“This is a Nazi party,” said one. “They are reviving notions that during the Second World War led to the murder of 600,000 [Hungarian] Jews. So far nobody has raised their voice against his party doing this openly.”
Another explained why he had joined the protest:
“I have come because eight members of my family were taken away by the Nazis and only four of them came home afterwards. I was a child under six years old at the time, and my mother had to raise me alone.”
During the rally protesters watched scenes from a film about Jews being shot by Hungarian Nazis in 1944.
The far-right Jobbik party has dismissed the protest as “political alarmism”.