A deputy of the radical nationalist Jobbik party and an independent lawmaker removed two European Union banners from Parliament’s assembly hall and threw them out of the building through a window to Kossuth Square on Thursday.
Before the act, Jobbik’s Tamas Gaudi-Nagy lambasted the government for allowing foreign nationals to buy agricultural land in Hungary and called the relevant bill a “capital treason”.
Gaudi-Nagy was joined by independent (formerly Jobbik) lawmaker Balazs Lenhardt.
Jobbik’s deputies once before protested against Hungary’s new land act by occupying the speaker’s pulpit.
Gaudi-Nagy told MTI that Hungary’s land would be “turned over to foreigners” from May 1. He blamed the European Union and called for resistance. He also said it was unacceptable that the EU flags, which he called “symbols of colonisation” were put up in the assembly hall, though it is not a legal requirement for parliament.
Deputy Speaker Istvan Jakab announced shortly after that the flags had been put back to the assembly hall. He also said that parliament would launch a procedure.
At the start of the plenary session on Thursday, five independent lawmakers flied orange balloons.
“One can play the fool in the House, voters will decide whether they buy the idea or not,” House Speaker Laszlo Kover reacted to the issue. He added that the action and similar “performances” only demonstrated that those parties admit they enjoy no substantive support.