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Radical nationalist Jobbik dissociates itself from uniformed activists

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 22th of April 2011   Source: mti


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The radical nationalist Jobbik party has nothing to do with the activists called Vedero, MEP Dora Duro told the press in Budapest on Friday.

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Earlier on Friday hundreds of Roma woman and children were evacuated from the village of Gyongyospata, 70 km northeast of Budapest, by the Roma Civil Rights Movement and the Red Cross, in fear of possible attacks by Vedero's uniformed activists. Radical activists are going to set up a training camp in the direct neighbourhood of the Roma shanty town this weekend.

 

"Vedero is our opponent in the fight for the post of the local mayor," Jobbik deputy said. Mayor Laszlo Tabi resigned earlier this week citing ill health. Early elections are to be held within four months in the town with 2600 inhabitants.

 

About 300 women and children of the local Roma community left their homes early in the morning fearing that the vicinity of the paramilitary event might create a tense situation. Male members of the community have decided to stay and protect their properties.

 

The Roma were transported by buses to temporary shelters at different locations in Budapest by activists of the Roma Civil Rights Movement and the Red Cross.

 

Nearly four hundred police arrived in the village and cordoned off Vedero's campsite. The police are also to prevent participants in Vedero's "military training" held between Friday and Sunday from approaching the campsite through an adjacent Roma neighbourhood.

 

The government issued a decree on Friday, designed to penalise civil guard activities conducted without prior approval by the police or feigning a right to act as a keeper of public order.

 

Peter Szijjarto, the prime minister's spokesman, said that the Hungarian state would not share the authority of keeping public order with anyone.

 

Violation of the decree, to take effect on Saturday, will be qualified as a minor offence and can be penalised by a fine of up to 100,000 forints, or 370 euros, he said.

 

All the three opposition parties reacted vehemently to the event. The Socialists called on the Fidesz-Christian Democratic government to step down. Spokesman Zsolt Torok told reporters that the "government is unable to govern, both its economic and social policies have failed".

 

The green Politics Can Be Different (LMP) urged Vedero to "pack and leave" its camp.

 

Jobbik leader Gabor Vona has challenged Prime Minister Viktor Orban by inviting him to a public TV debate on the co-existence of ethnic Hungarians and Roma.



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