Last night, February 3rd, Hungary’s very own Fascist party, Jobbik, led a protest against what they called Roma (Gypsy) crime, in response to the murder of an 81-year old woman. Protestors believe the murder was perpetrated by four Roma children, all under the age of 14.
The four admitted that they visited the courtyard of the old woman on January 23, turned off her electricity meter and later quarrelled with her when she demanded that they explain their actions. The following morning the woman was found dead.
There was a strong police presence Thursday as demonstrators walked along dark streets, many carrying torches, Árpád-stripe flags and various posters.
Torches. They were carrying torches.
Now, we certainly have no clue as to whether the four Roma children are responsible for the murder. (There have been no confessions or trials as of yet.) We would simply like to flag attention to some of the rhetoric that Gábor Vona, Jobbik’s leader, used against the Roma, one of Hungary’s poorest populations, long subjected to discrimination:
- Fearing the rapidly increasing Roma population rate, Vona has recently said that something needs to be done to “slow their reproduction” in order to inspire multiplication of “Hungarian” families. At the protest, he repeated the call for the Roma birthrate to be lowered, “or else three million Roma will have to support three million pensioners.”
- So it’s just a reasonable financial argument, not a dangerously discriminatory attack.
- Roma children who have lazy parents should be removed from their homes and sent to boarding schools.
It should also be noted that Vona welcomed Magyar Gárda members (i.e., the nationalist army that is no-so-secretly being funded by Jobbik and that France’s former prime minister has compared to Nazi brownshirts), who he said are needed by the country, “as a gendarmerie is necessary if peace is to be ensured.”
Jobbik Leads Protest Against “Gypsy Crime” on Politics.Hu, February 4, 2011