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Neonazis attack a pub run by Jews, burn rainbow flag, march on Budapest’s streets on a public holiday

Légió Hungária is a new neonazi marching group in Hungary and they chose the anniversary of the 1956 anti-Russian revolution to attack a (closed) pub, run by a Jweish youth organisation.

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Légió Hungária, a Neonazi group charged at a pub and burnt its rainbow flag when they found it closed. They’ve left their nazi symbols behind. Photo: Cseke Balázs / Index.hu

Once they found the pub, Auróra, closed, they burnt the rainbow flag they found on its facade. Then they went on to march down Nagykörút in a demonstration of power.

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Légió Hungária, a Neonazi group marching in formation in Budapest on 23 Ocober 2019 Photo: Mónus Márton/MTI/MTVA through 444.hu

Auróra is often in the news as the target of local Fidesz, it is owned by a Jewish youth organisation and the neonazis associate it with homosexuals. And now they found it timely to attack it. On a public holiday. In broad daylight. And left their stenciled insignia behind.

The Israeli embassy, the American Helsinki Committee, even the American ambassador had denounced what happened (even though he is very close to Orbán) – but the Hungarian government didn’t.

And typical to our state of mind these days: everyone was wondering whether Orbán sent them upon us in revenge for not voting for his party at the local election ten days earlier. Something of this magnitude cannot happen without authorities’ informal permission – or so many believe. According to the sentiment, a bunch of nazis can only march on the streets of Budapest if it’s politically opportune for Orbán.

Actually, even Alcee L. Hastings of the American Helsinki Committee and US Senator Ben Cardin expressed a similar sentiment, pointing out that authorities also failed to act when Auróra was attacked last month by homophobic members of some new extreme right splinter party.

Légió Hungária is calling themselves “ideological warriors” and the rainbow flag “the Soviet flag of modern days”. According to 444.hu’s research, they held the “conference of racists / race defenders” this summer. They aspire to become a “people’s terror organisation” with small “elite groups” but they sound like Fight Club with ethnic and racial overtones. And from the past. They quote every nazi and hungarist leader in the book and had a Russian speaker at their event on October 23. Of course they did.

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