Hungarian Jews condemn violence on anniversary of 1956 Revolution

The Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ), the country’s EJC affiliate, has condemned in a statement the disgraceful violence that took place in Budapest on the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

“The 1956 revolution is a celebration of freedom for all of us. On this day, like any other day, threatening peaceful inhabitants is unacceptable,” read the statement.

“Neo-Nazis marching in formations and their undisturbed occupation of the streets in the heart of Budapest is a disgraceful act. Their vandalism committed in group is an offense to every good citizen.Following this – hopefully exceptional – incident on the 23rd of October the Board of MAZSIHISZ requests the Hungarian authorities not to close their eyes on this issue which is a threat for our society as a whole.”

On the anniversary of the Revolution, an activism center in Budapest sustained minor damage in what its operators said was arson by Neo-Nazis.

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