Letter from Hungary

The far-right in Hungary is resurgent. Not only has the open expression of
antisemitic, anti-Roma and homophobic sentiment become more acceptable,
even in circles tending toward the centre, but the forums for those expressions
have grown in number, even as they have become more extreme. In recent times,
as well as the political party of the far-right, Jobbik (a pun on the words ‘better’
and ‘right’), a number of extremist groups have emerged, not least on the internet.
They openly celebrate the symbols and leaders of Hungary’s racist, and eventually
genocidal, 20th century past. Most ominous is the establishment of the Hungarian
Guard, a uniformed militia with an agenda of intimidation underlying its slogan,
‘protection for Hungary and Hungarians.’

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