RIGHTWING EXTREMISM IN HUNGARY

Lucio Tomarchio (mon1894@comune.bologna.it)
Tue, 09 Apr 1996 19:13:52 +0200


DATE=3/15/96
TITLE=HUNGARY / DEMONSTRATIONS (S-ONLY) BYLINE=STEFAN BOS
DATELINE=BUDAPEST

INTRO: THE MAYOR OF BUDAPEST HAS EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT GROWING RIGHTWING
EXTREMISM IN HUNGARY AFTER TWO DAYS OF RALLIES, ORGANIZED BY ULTRA-RIGHTISTS
AND NATIONALISTS, WERE HELD IN THE CAPITAL. AS STEFAN BOS REPORTS FROM
BUDAPEST, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE DEMONSTRATIONS.

TEXT: THOUSANDS OF HUNGARIANS DEMONSTRATED IN BUDAPEST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY TO
DEMAND THE RESIGNATION OF SOCIALIST PRIME MINISTER GYULA HORN AND HIS CABINET.

THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE UPSET BY THE GOVERNMENT'S ECONOMIC AUSTERITY PROGRAM
WHICH WENT INTO EFFECT LAST YEAR.

THE BIGGEST DEMONSTRATIONS DURING THE TWO DAYS WERE ORGANIZED BY TWO OF
HUNGARY'S MOST RIGHTWING PARTIES. SOME PROTESTERS WORE UNIFORMS AND CARRIED
BANNERS WITH NAZI SYMBOLS ON THEM.

AFTER THE RALLY WAS OVER, THE MAYOR OF BUDAPEST, GABOR DEMSZKY, TOLD V-O-A, HE
IS VERY DISTURBED BY THIS TREND.

// DEMSZKY ACT //

I DON'T THINK THAT THESE PARTIES, WITH ALL THEIR
TOTALITARIAN SYMBOLS AND THEIR UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS,
SHOULD DEMONSTRATE OPENLY WITH THEIR RACIST
SLOGANS.

/// END ACT ///

THE MAYOR SAYS AS A RESULT OF THESE EXTREME RIGHTWING GROUPS TRYING TO SPARK
UNREST, THE PARLIAMENT LAST WEEK APPROVED A BILL BANNING ANY GROUP FROM
DISPLAYING FASCIST SYMBOLS OR BANNERS DURING A PUBLIC RALLY. (THE BILL HAS NOT
YET GONE INTO EFFECT). (SIGNED)

NEB / SB / BD-T / SKH

15-Mar-96 9:09 PM EST (0209 UTC) NNNN

Source: Voice of America .
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