150-200 right-wing radicals attended a subdued protest Saturday in Budapest to show their solidarity with convicted domestic terrorist György Budaházy.
Budaházy was convicted along with 17 co-defendants last Tuesday of terrorism in the first degree, inflicting bodily wounds and coercion. The Budapest Court sentenced him to 13 years in prison without the possibility of parole. The defendants were accused of using Molotov cocktails against MSZP and SZDSZ party offices, officials and the homes of leading left-wing politicians, as well as of brutally beating HírTV program host Sándor Csintalan, a former MSZP politician.
Saturday’s Markó street protest was a sign of solidarity with Budaházy, a symbolic figure for the extreme right. However, 444.hu reports, the protest was uncharacteristically subdued. Only one Jobbik parliamentary representative was present, in addition to members of several radical right-wing groups such as Lelkiismeret 88 and motorcycle club Vértesalja Gyermekei, and a number of ousted Jobbik figures.
Budaházy’s sister Edda took to the stage to deliver a message of warning to the assembled crowd. “Such a time is coming to white people in Europe,” she said, “in which we will be in great need of people like György Budaházy.”
Other attendees praised Budaházy’s actions and those of his terrorist group The Arrows of the Hungarians (A Magyarok Nyilai) as necessary in order to combat the alleged real crimes of the then-ruling Hungarian Socialist Party and Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány.
Ironically, the one speaker to reference Budaházy in a vaguely negative light was vigilante mayor of Ássothalom and Jobbik vice-president László Toroczkai, who conceded that Budaházy was an “unpleasant, difficult person.” However, he likened him to Hungarian national heroes Sándor Petőfi, Ferenc Rákoczi, and the fighters of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, asking whether their unpleasant acts mattered in the light of what they accomplished for the country. He went on to justify Budaházy’s actions by enumerating the damages wrought on the country by the people Budaházy fought, namely MSZP and Sándor Csintalan.
Protests will be held every Monday in front of Parliament on behalf of Budaházy. Meanwhile, Jobbik plans to put forward a bill in Parliament which would grant amnesty to him and his co-conspirators.