One of the radical nationalist Jobbik party’s new representatives in the European Parliament appeared for the first session of the body wearing the uniform of the banned paramilitary arm of his party, the Hungarian Guard, in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
Csanad Szegedi told MTI that his wearing the uniform was to symbolise his commitment to the Guard, the recent ban on which he found “hard to accept” and said that he supported reorganisation of the dissolved militia.
Krisztina Morvai and Zoltan Balczo, Jobbik’s two other MEPs, were wearing coats associated with 19th-century Hungarian history.
The legally binding ruling banning the Guard was issued by a court of appeal in Budapest on July 2.
The appellate court upheld a decision of December 2007, not long after the Guard’s first of a series of anti-Roma marches in Tatarszentgyorgy, a village in central Hungary, which later became known for the murder of a Roma man and his young son and other anti-Roma violence.