- Title: Hungarian hard right launches new anti-liberal, racist movement
- Date: 10th July 2017
- Summary: SUPPORTERS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) FAR-RIGHT MOVEMENT LEADER, BALAZS LASZLO, SAYING: "Tens of millions are added to the ranks of the Arabs, Africans and Gypsies who will show no tolerance once they realize the power that their demographic significance lends them. We will have to prepare for this." SUPPORTERS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) FAR-RIGHT MOVEMENT LEADER, BALAZS LASZLO, SAYING: "With this new right wing political character we will strive to ignite the idea of ethnic self-defence." SUPPORTERS CLAPPING SUPPORTERS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) FAR-RIGHT MOVEMENT LEADER, ZSOLT TYIRITYAN, SAYING: "All sorts of third world substratum is trying to force us out of our living space. Let us have strength to fight them and send them to where they belong: the waste-heap of history." SUPPORTER CLAPPING (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) FAR-RIGHT MOVEMENT LEADER, ZSOLT TYIRITYAN, SAYING: "This liberalism is what makes people sink low and as a result they lose their nationality, their race awareness and soon their sexual identity. Such people are incapable of living, go against the ideal of man created by God and thus becomes to represent Satan. Such people must be forced out of our living space." SUPPORTER HOLDING FLAG AND LISTENING UNFOLDING FLAG OF NEW MOVEMENT FLAG SHOWING AN AXE AND A FEATHER SUPPORTER SHOWING HITLER'S MEIN KAMPF TO TYIRITYAN VARIOUS OF MEMBERS OF BETYARSEREG WITH T-SHIRTS READING (Hungarian) "Don't hurt Hungarians because you will regret it" BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (JULY 10, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANALYST OF POLITICAL CAPITAL, PETER KREKO, SAYING: "We don't expect that this movement can have big mass support for the simple reason that we can see it before every election that some alternative far right movements are being formed but I don't think that there is enough time and or that there will too much support for this new movement but they can make Jobbik's life a bit more difficult and because of the fact that right now the most important rival for the governmental Fidesz party is Jobbik we can see that there are some shared interests in this respect between the most extreme far right and Fidesz."
- Embargoed: 24th July 2017 12:44
- Keywords: far-right militants racism anti-liberalism movement immigration
- Location: VECSES, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
- City: VECSES, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
- Country: Hungary
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026P4WWFT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of Hungarian right-wing militants gathered in a Budapest suburb on Saturday (July 8) to launch a new political movement they hope will run in next year's parliamentary elections on a ticket that includes open racism.
Hungary's main opposition party, Jobbik, has been moving away from its far-right roots and is staking out a more centrist position. This has created space for new hard-right initiatives.
Three groups held a rally in the suburb of Vecses labelled "unfurling the flag of the far right". Although attendance was limited its leaders have reached a national audience in the media and plan to take part in the 2018 elections.
The movement, to be called Force and Determination, looks to be more radical than any political organisation targeting a serious political role since the fall of Communism, and uses openly racist language to oppose liberalism and immigration.
Balazs Laszlo, one of the movement's leaders, told the crowd of mostly black-clad muscular, tattooed men that Europe showed an ill-conceived tolerance in the face of peril from its existing minorities and the influx of millions more people.
Zsolt Tyirityan, another leader of the movement, used the Nazi ideology of Lebensraum, or living space, to paint a stark picture of Europe's present.
After Tyirityan spoke, a supporter approached him to sign a new copy of Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf.
Analysts say the new movement could weaken Jobbik a little, an interest also shared by ruling Fidesz.
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