The radical nationalist Jobbik party is planning a demonstration in Szigethalom, a village south of Budapest, in response to a stabbing that happened in the town on New Year’s Eve.
Adam Mirkoczki, a Jobbik spokesman, told a press conference on Friday that the stabbing was a “typical and vile example of Gypsy terror”. He said Jobbik would hold the demonstration to show that “Hungarian society is not afraid and Jobbik will act against Gypsy crime”.
Mirkoczki said Fidesz’s three-strikes laws for stricter punishments had obviously been ineffective, as homocides had risen by 20 percent in 2012 from the previous year. He said Jobbik would draw up “an even more radical law enforcement concept” and propose setting up a special crime unit on “Gypsy crime”.
Two men were stabbed at a club in Szigethalom on New Year’s Eve. One of them is a 19-year-old man, a top junior wrestler at the local sports club Sziget SC, the other a 17-year-old boxer, signed with the Budapest club MTK. The wrestler is in critical condition, while the boxer suffered injuries requiring hospital treatment.
One of the suspected attackers, a 17-year-old man, has been arrested while another suspect is still at large. MTK said there were 30 people involved in the fight preceding the stabbing at the club, while Jobbik said there were 40 “attackers”.
The sports club MTK released a statement condemning what they called the use of “hateful and racist views” in connection with the tragedy of a young sportsman. Tamas Deutsch, MTK’s chairman, told MTI in a statement that it is shameful to “speak the voice of Gypsy hate instead of that of sympathy” in connection with the injuries.