Saturday 10 March 2018

Anti fascists oppose fascist Jobbik in London

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The Hungarian fascist Party, Jobbik managed to hold a meeting in West London, yesterday, Friday.
However, it was countered by anti fascists at short notice. Well done to all who answered the UAF call out and demonstrated against the little Hitlers.

 

The Hungarian fascist organisation had originally tried to organise a meeting with its leader Gabor Vona at King’s College London. But anti fascist pressure forced management to cancel the meeting at the last minute. 

 

 

 

Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism (UAF) said, “Jobbik is not a normal organisation. It’s Hungarian Guard is based on the Arrow Cross of the 1940s, an organisation that lined up Jewish people on the Danube River and shot them. We will not stay silent as Hungarian fascists try to rebuild monuments to them.”

 

 

Jobbik is trying to drum up support among Hungarians living in Britain ahead of parliamentary elections in the country on 8 April. Around 80 turned up to their meeting in the Millennium Hotel. Two of Jobbik were in political uniform, which was made illegal, and originally directed at Mosley’s Blackshirts. No action was taken by police over this, who facilitated Jobbik on the night.

 

 

The far right were met by around 70 anti fascists who ensured they didn’t go unopposed and went to the Millennium hotel.

 

 

Jobbik is already the third largest party in the Hungarian parliament. The latest opinion polls shows that it is likely to overtake the Labour-type MSZP, which remains discredited for capitulating to free market shock therapy in the 2000s, to become the official opposition.

 

Jobbik have been buoyed by the near adoption of some of their polices by the right wing government of  Victor Orban’s Fidesz party. He has whipped up antisemitism, attacked the ‘influence’ of US banker George Soros and turned to scapegoating Muslims in the wake of the refugee crisis.

 

 

This has provided fertile ground for Jobbik, which grew after the financial crisis of 2007. Orban’s turn further to the right has allowed Jobbik to appear more respectable—at the same time as building a movement on the streets. 

 

 

The authorities disbanded the Hungarian Guard, Jobbik’s paramilitary wing that was led by Vona, in 2009 but that hasn’t stopped them.

 

 As one Hungarian anti fascist said, last night, “There was a gathering of the Hungarian Guard, they went to the really poor countryside and they threatened the Roma people. “And they are homophobic as well and want to stop Pride in Hungary.”

 

That’s why it’s important that the Roma Council in the capital Budapest has joined the call-out for demonstrations against racism on 17 March. The authorities are trying to block it and it will be small, but it’s an important step forward. 

 


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