Roma MPs of the opposition Socialists protested on Sunday the planned erection of a memorial in central Budapest to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the German occupation of Hungary.
The MPs expressed concern in a statement that the Fidesz-Christian Democrat government would “erect an altar to the occupying Nazi army” on the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Year. They suggested that the government choose a location for a Roma culture and research centre, if it is indeed interested in honouring the memory of all Hungarian victims of the Holocaust.
A government resolution on the occupation memorial was published on the last day of 2013. The memorial is to be completed by the 70th anniversary of the start of the occupation of Hungary by German forces on March 19, 2014.
Electoral alliance E-PM and Hungarian Jewish organisation Mazsihisz have also protested the government decision to erect the monument.
The Government Information Centre said on Thursday that the government is paying tribute to all Hungarian victims with the erection of the monument commemorating the tragic German occupation and the memorial year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust.