This video about Hungary says about itself:
Fascism in Hungary- Hungarian Guard- Magyar Garda
Magyar Gárda Hagyományőrző és Kulturális Egyesület (English: Hungarian Guard Association for Protection of Traditions and Culture) nationalist, paramilitary movement in Hungary. It was founded through an “oath of loyalty to Hungary” by its members in Buda Castle, Budapest, in August 2007.. They are backed by and developed out of the right-wing party, Jobbik.
By Jake Blumgart, Truthout in the USA:
Homophobia on the Rise in Eastern Europe as Rightist Extremism Intensifies
Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00
On July 2008, Michael Simmons marched in the tenth annual Budapest gay pride parade, just as he had in previous years. Established in 1998, Hungary’s pride parade is one of the longest established in Central and Eastern Europe, and for the first nine years of its existence it was marked by the festivities – transvestites dancing in flatbed trucks, loud music, colorful floats – familiar to inhabitants of most Western European and American cities. Back then, the conservative and skinhead counter protesters were a joke.
That changed in 2007 when large groups of right-wing thugs attacked the marchers with vegetables, rotten eggs, rocks and bottles. Some people who left the parade were beaten. The police response was inadequate, as they were unprepared for the sudden violence. In 2008, Simmons experienced the same thing, “well-organized and well-orchestrated attacks” by crowds of counter protesters.
“It was four hours of sustained attack and it never let up; there was never a breathing period,” said Simmons, a lifelong human rights activist, who took part in the civil rights movement in the American South and has worked extensively in Eastern Europe since the late 1980s. “Their [faces were so full of] hate. And their children were there. It reminded me of those pictures you see of lynchings, where young men are holding their girlfriends’ hands.”
Although police protection for the marchers improved after the first couple of years, the general situation of Hungary’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has worsened. The extreme right-wing party Jobbik, which is often associated with such hateful attacks, has grown rapidly. (They even have a paramilitary wing.) In 2007, Jobbik could be dismissed as a fringe group with no parliamentary representation. Today, Jobbik is the nation’s third-largest political party, with 47 of 386 seats in the Hungarian Parliament.
The nationalist conservative Fidesz Party, which controls two-thirds of the parliamentary seats and has been widely condemned for authoritarian tendencies, is less overtly discriminatory. But before Fidesz’s 2010 electoral sweep, LGBT rights in Hungary were rapidly progressing. Today, the new Constitution that Fidesz wrote and implemented unilaterally stipulates that marriage must be between a man and a woman. For the last two years, the Fidesz-controlled city government of Budapest has tried to ban the Pride March, citing traffic concerns and the presence of small children on the city streets. In both cases, the ban was challenged by LGBT groups and overturned by the courts.
“We are working in a context of rising extremism, which not only targets the LGBTQ community, but also the Roma and Jewish community,” said Dorottya Karsay, one of the organizers of Budapest Pride. “We’ve seen a number of hate crimes, hate attacks in recent weeks, both in Budapest and in the countryside…. Extremism has been on the rise in the region for the last few years; it definitely has something to do with the crisis.”
More than 60 per cent of Scottish people agree that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face prejudice – and it’s time MSPs tackled it, campaigners said today: here.
Britain: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people often hide their sexuality or gender identity in sports, research by the Equality Network found today: here.
This weekend sees London play host to the third ever WorldPride event – a global celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture: here.
- Europe and the Resurgent Politics of Ethnic Scapegoating (theatlantic.com)
- The “true” Hungarian (ailsackay.com)
- On the Queen’s Lack of Pro-Gay Speech (towleroad.com)
- Clubs asked to tackle homophobia (bbc.co.uk)
- Hungary to Amend Constitution as EU Monitors Backsliding – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Hungarians in massive rally to keep freedoms (wnd.com)