Jobbik MPs György Gyula Zagyva and Tamás Gaudi-Nagy are accusing the police of using excessive force against counter-demonstrators during Saturday’s gay pride parade in Budapest. Gaudi-Nagy said one of his colleagues was kicked by police, had his hand stepped on and he was manhandled even after he was hauled away in a police car.
Both MPs also defended an anti-gay demonstrator who kicked a muzzled police dog in the head, saying the act was in self-defense as police were about to sick the dog on him. (Picture above right is a screen grab taken at the 7:45 mark of the video embedded in this report by Index.hu.) However, Jobbik leader Gábor Vona distanced himself from the two MPs support of the demonstrator, saying on his Facebook page that he found the kicking of the dog “shameful” and “disgusting.”
Gyula Zagyva and Gaudi-Nagy said they will file a report over the alleged abuses.
Police criticized for banning anti-Jobbik banner
Meanwhile, a Budapest police officer is said to have improperly told the organizers of the gay pride march to remove from a truck a banner bearing the caption “Jobbik Gay Branch”, otherwise the vehicle would be pulled from the procession.
According to a police statement, activists had been “asked” to cover up the banner, which was to have adorned the side of a truck carrying revelers. The police had apparently seen the banner in advance of the rally, and said in a written statement that it posed a significant threat to the peace.
But according to civil rights organization TASZ, there is no law allowing authorities to ban a single banner from a procession, though the entire event may be dissolved if an illegal act is committed. [index.hu]