Supporters of the radical nationalist Jobbik party held a demonstration in western Hungary’s Devecser on Sunday, demanding the re-introduction of capital punishment in Hungarian law.
The demonstration, which carried the motto “Live and allow to live – protest for legitimate self-defence”, was attended by some 1,000 people, Jobbik’s local MP Gabor Ferenczi said.
Participants gathered in the town centre and then marched to a neighbourhood inhabited by the local Roma community.
Ferenczi called for reinforcing the local police force and said that his party wanted “peace, order, and security” without any ethnic-based discrimination.
Ferenczi insisted that the death penalty should be re-introduced in light of Hungary’s increasing crime rate.
The police cordoned off the demonstration to avoid possible clashes with local residents. At some point, however, the protesters and locals started throwing stones at each other, in which Ferenczi was hit and injured lightly.