The mayor of Kisleta, the NE Hungary village where a Roma woman was shot dead, told MTI on Tuesday that an unidentified caller connected to the paramilitary Hungarian Guard had threatened to send bikers to the village to mount “patrols”.
Sandor Penzes said the caller had told him that members of the Hungarian Guard, the recently banned arm of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, would mount a “patrol” of the village on motorcycles.
The mayor said the caller had referred to alleged hostility from Roma villagers towards the staff of the right-leaning commercial television channel Hir TV and right-wing daily Magyar Hirlap, who were on-site to report on the murder, as the reason for mounting the patrols.
According to unconfirmed reports, Roma villagers were angry about Hir-TV’s reporting on the murder, because it had suggested motives other than ethnic hatred may have been behind the killing. Hir-TV’S news director Peter Szikszai on Tuesday denied the allegation, saying that their reporter merely asked villagers whether any other motive might have lain behind the attack.
Penzes said he would immediately report any motorcyclist “on patrol” in the village.
Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai will meet police leaders on Wednesday to be briefed on the investigation.
Parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee will meet on Thursday to discuss developments in the murder case, which, based on the weapon used to kill the woman, has been identified as part of a series of attacks against Hungary’ impoverished Roma community over the past two years.
President Laszlo Solyom and Bajnai will also meet later this week to discuss the murders and progress on finding the perpetrators, government spokesman Domokos Szollar said.
Orban Kolompar, Chairman of the National Roma Self-Government, has called for a meeting between top Roma officials to review the situation of the Roma minority in light of the murder, which was the sixth of similar attacks in which Roma people have been targeted in their homes.