March 28th, 2013

Government claims breakthrough in applying law against “totalitarian symbols”

The Government will amend the Penal Code in order to prohibit the sporting of totalitarian symbols also beyond 1 May.

A person who wears or displays totalitarian symbols in a way that is capable of upsetting public rest and order will be punishable in the future. Instances of violation of the human dignity of or the right to commemorate the victims of totalitarian regimes would also qualify as the disturbance of public rest and order.

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  • Ricsi

    So no more star of david as well ?? Excellent news 🙂

  • stanlee98

    The “politically correct” madness continues. The hyper-sensitive Jewish pressure groups win again. Freedom of speech is out, holocaust worshipping is in.
    It would be nice to have a Hungarian leader with a backbone.

    • Guest

      This is the same way they do it in Germany.

    • Vidra

      It doesn’t affect freedom of speech, because you can’t have a debate with a swastika or a hammer and sickle. Until Fidesz discover some kind of communist “hate speech” (other than denying the crimes attributable to communism), you’re probably still free to spout racist crap in the name of “balance”,

  • MagyarViking

    “Instead of a general ban, the amendment prohibits the popularisation, use before the wider public or public displaying of totalitarian symbols (swastika, arrow-cross, hammer and sickle and five-pointed red star) in a way that is capable of disturbing public rest and order”

    I beleive this is more in line with European standards, then, as we had a recent case in Sweden, a guy at a masquerade dressed up as a Nazi, was freed in Court, then the Swedish Law explicitely mentions the *purpose* of displaying such a symbol

    Then this guy had no political motives, which several witnesses could support, and also himself declaring that it was a choice of bad decision in chosing the costume

    It would have been another outcome if the dressed up Nazi actually believed in his dress and was known to have such opinions, like previous problems with the Law about this, filmed at extremists events, etc

    So, then it would be OK for Heineken to be sold in Hungary and people to go around in T-shirts with typical ‘communist’ look-and-feel

    And those Fidesz MPs that likes to dress up as Nazis, may continue doing so, without any fear for criminal proceedings…
    http://www.pestiside.hu/20061124/fidesz-kommanda/

    But maybe this guy should be arrested for acting like their Führer?
    http://www.politics.hu/20111018/memo-to-jobbik-if-you-dont-want-to-be-called-nazis-dont-hang-around-with-hitler/

  • mishy

    This is similar to the way they do it in Germany.

  • Daniel

    fucking BOOOO
    I would never sport a Nazi or Comcsi symbol, but what kind of god damn legal precedence is Fidesz setting with this kind of whoreshit? In the interest of liberty, let’s let the communist sport their communist symbols and let the Nazis do the same, so that we can point them out and have a hearty hearty laugh.

  • Firebird

    This is an interesting argument: individual freedom vs. historic terrorism. The libertarian part of me says that such a ban is illegal, regardless how absurd the symbols are since it’s meant to be one of the pillars of freedom.

    On the other hand, both Nazism and communism have done so much damage to Hungary that they should be erased from the country in all forms. As Guest pointed out, the Germans enacted similar measures and succeeded (as far as erasing Nazism from the country; communism, not so much).

    Both can be argued for.

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