János Lázár: There will be no demonstrations during the World Jewish Congress Budapest meeting

Monday, April 29, 2013

The government has banned every demonstration that violates human dignity during the World Jewish Congress Budapest meeting said the head of the Prime Minister's Office János Lázár.

The prime minister ordered the Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér to ban all forms of demonstrations, which hurt the feelings of Jews and might be prejudicial to the guests attending the World Jewish Congress meeting or violates the dignity of the Hungarian Jewish community said Lázár at his Monday press conference.

The World Jewish Congress holds a three-day meeting in Budapest the next weekend and PM Viktor Orbán will attend the Sunday's opening ceremony. The event will be attended by five hundred representatives of Jewish organizations from around the world to discuss issues affecting the life of the global Jewish community; they discuss issues like the problem of the growth of "neo-Nazi parties” and the situation in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Orbán will also deliver a speech at the congress responding to those that slandering the country and accusing the government with antisemitism. It is highly unethical that those whose businesses are adversely affected by the government's economic policy try to influence government's policies by accusing it with anti-Semitism said Lázár.

The head of the Prime Minister's Office recalled that the the World Jewish Congress decided in January to hold its next congress in Budapest. Prior to this, the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ) Peter Feldmájer personally informed the prime minister about the decision in December last year. The prime minister replied that the Hungarian cabinet welcomed the decision.

After that Viktor Orbán received a formal invitation letter from the President of the WJC, Ronald S. Lauder and Peter Feldmájer thanking him for the possibility of letting the meeting be held in Budapest; then, they described the circumstances which led the World Jewish Congress to hold its next meeting in the Hungarian capital.

(Notes: The cabinet's decision to ban all forms of demonstrations during the WJC meeting is a bad news for patriot groups that planned a huge anti-Zionist demonstration during the meeting. The ban of the planned protest is not explicitly stated yet, but we can imply from Lázár's statement that the anti-Zionist demonstration will be banned too.)

Jobbik member of parliament Enikő Kovács challenges the ban in court

“In the afternoon today, I've received the decision of the Budapest Police Headquarters, which effectively bans the scheduled memorial on May 4 to pay tribute to the victims of Bolshevism and Zionism. The police decision argues that the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty designates these sorts of events provocative.

Furthermore, the decision states 'organizers of the event said things in the media, which were capable of inciting hatred against the Jewish community'. This last statement is without any factual basis, in the same time it insults, not only me, but all descent members of the Hungarian nation.

I will challenge the decision in court. I believe that the independent Hungarian court will consider my arguments and as a result lifts the ban” writes Enikő Kovács.

In a Facebook entry Jobbik Chairman Gábor Vona informs Hungarians that despite the ban, the anti-Bolshevik and anti-Zionist rally will go ahead as planned. Vona says the ban is a serious violation of his and all Hungarian citizens' human dignity, this is the reason he takes part in the protest. The form of the protest is not yet known, but it will be held one way or another.

The party chairman cautions: “The government's aim is to prove to the puppet-masters that it doesn't tolerate the criticism of Israel...the government wants to portray us as a mob...they would like to see a demonstration that goes out of control, which would give police a reason to disperse it so that they can portray us in the media as a violent, rowdy bunch of extremists” writes Vona.

Surely, police will plant agent provocateurs in the crowd. But we must remain calm, so I ask all of you to come to the demonstration, but keep a cool head writes Vona.

We want to remember the victims with dignity and show that "Hungary is our home." Those who do not understand this, do not come to the memorial writes Vona.

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