The radical nationalist Hungarian Guard is turning to the country’s Supreme Court, asking it to review a ruling by an appeals court banning the organisation, a legal charity told MTI on Friday.
On July 2 a Budapest court of appeal issued a legally binding ruling banning the Hungarian Guard, the uniformed arm of the radical nationalist party Jobbik.
The decision applies to the Hungarian Guard Cultural Association for the Preserving of Traditions.
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.
The appeal court said the Guard’s activities had overstepped its rights as an association and curtailed Roma freedoms, both of which justify its banning.
Jobbik registered the Magyar Garda in June 2007 as a cultural organisation to “prepare youth spiritually and physically for extraordinary situations when it might be necessary to mobilise the people.” Guard members wear black uniforms and regularly hold military-style training.
Gabor Vona, leader of both Jobbik and the association, said after the ruling that they would appeal to the Supreme Court and the Strasbourg Court. He added that although the association had been banned, the guardsmen would continue their activities.