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3.667 - Krisztina Morvai MEP issued a dire warning to the European parliament last week, as she informed fellow parliamentarians of plans by the Hungarian police to engage in deliberate ...

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Morvai warns EP of imminent repeat of mass police brutalities.

14/10/2009 03:39:00


Krisztina Morvai MEP issued a dire warning to the European parliament last week, as she informed fellow parliamentarians of plans by the Hungarian police to engage in deliberate acts of repressive violence, next Friday the 23rd of October, in a chillingly reminiscent potential repetition of the regime-sponsored brutality which shocked the world on the same date three years ago.

"According to reliable information from human-rights sensitive high-ranking members of the Hungarian police," said Morvai, a massive and intentional campaign of violent repression is currently being planned against those intending to celebrate the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising against Communism.

Though 1956 is the proudest moment of 20th Century Hungarian history, its commemorative date October 23rd has been mired in controversy ever since 2006, when political enforcers within the police were instructed by their government masters to repress demonstrators numbering well over 100,000 who had chosen the anniversary to call for the government's resignation.

Though attempts by the regime's cheerleaders continue to this day to describe the police's behaviour in 2006 as merely a tragically misguided over-reaction, it remains to be seen how rubber-bullets deliberately fired at head height into the faces of demonstrators, or mounted police charges featuring drawn cavalry sabres, could ever count as anything other than premeditated.

The current Socialist regime has always found it difficult to conceal their deep resentment over anniversary celebrations of 1956, representing as they do, not only the victory of idealistic patriotism over authoritarian repression, but also the Hungarian people's emphatic rejection of the incumbent government's ideological predecessors and in many cases political mentors.

However, recent information received by Jobbik through Dr Morvai, Hungary's foremost human rights advocate, indicate that the regime's behaviour is in the process of evolving from the repression of legitimate opposition into the deliberate circumvention of the democratic process.

Despite opinion polling commissioned by ideologically sympathetic think-tanks, the Socialist (MSZP) party are becoming increasingly convinced that they face practical annihilation at next years' General Elections, and will be able at best to garner the votes necessary to achieve third place in the coming parliament. Placing them behind Jobbik; which in June's European elections has already consigned the MSZP's coalition partners the SZDSZ into political obscurity.

Faced with such a prospect, senior individuals in government are clearly hoping that police violence on October the 23rd will somehow help their predicament. Either by intimidating Jobbik and their supporters into stunned compliance through the ferocity of the police's behaviour, as happened with Fidesz in 2006. Or by permitting them to call such an action a "spontaneous" and "necessary" move against a non-existent threat; thereby hoping to make themselves politically relevant.

Evidence is also emerging of the regime's attempts to prepare for this scenario internationally, given a recent article on Jobbik within the pages of the L.A. Times, filled with the usual distortions characteristic of poor reporting. Yet given that in 2006 the international press was united in its condemnation of the Hungarian government's human rights abuses, and the only exception to this unanimity was an article in this very same newspaper; subsequently utilized by the Socialist Party leader within the European Parliament to thwart an official investigation into the MSZP regime's actions by a Parliamentary committee; the current article's timing cannot be considered coincidental.

56Jobbik's information also leads it to believe that members of the Hungarian Guard are to be intentionally singled out for the police's use of extreme force. Though members had never been prosecuted for any criminal infraction, the original Guard organization was disbanded by a court ruling whose legality remains in doubt.

However, the government's repeated refusal to recognize that free citizens under the European Convention on Human Rights are provided with the right to free assembly, and that the new Guard is self-evidently a legally distinct new entity, only goes further to proving the MSZP's contempt for democratic norms. As the threat, and use, of vexatious summary arrest is an acknowledged feature of autocratic regimes worldwide.

Jobbik has always maintained that the default reaction of the MSZP when it finds its position threatened is to abandon the pretence of its commitment to democratic mechanisms and debate, and resort to either authoritarianism or violence. Witnessing such events from 2006 on, has convinced many in the international community that this conclusion is valid.

Therefore, despite Jobbik's principled opposition to the Lisbon Treaty, given its recent passing through the obstacle of an Irish referendum, it is time the EU stops pretending that whereas continent-wide executive powers are within its remit, the intentional commission of mass human rights abuses by a member state's government is somehow a matter for subsidiarity.

"So that the EU can no longer behave with total indifference with regard to such naked abuses of power, is precisely the reason why the Hungarian people elected an individual with Dr Morvai's reputation to Brussels," said Béla Kovács, the head of Jobbik's Foreign Affairs Committee.

"If they choose to ignore her warning and refuse to send official observers to monitor events in Budapest next Friday, the EU's ability to pontificate about Human Rights in countries like Iran or China will quite simply be irreparably undermined."

Given that the leadership of the 1956 veterans association was involved in founding the Movement for a Better Hungary, Jobbik feels particularly justified in condemning the current MSZP government's cynical attempts to manipulate commemorations to their political ends through the intentional use of violence, as both callous and shameful.

Callous towards an ageing generation of '56 veterans, whose opportunity to commemorate their singular role in world history is by definition limited. Shameful due to the MSZP's deliberate attempts to subvert the democratic will of a Hungarian people that longs only for the electoral opportunity to bring their own role in Hungarian history finally to an end.