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Anti-Gay Violence On The Rise In Hungary

Jim Burroway

June 27th, 2008

Pink News is reporting that a gay bar in Budapest was fire-bombed last night after its address appeared on a hate group’s website. It’s unclear how heavily the bar, called Action, was damaged.

Gay rights groups have voiced concerns about extreme right-wing violence. They accuse a hate group using a website called kuruc.info for last night’s bombing. The website, a Hungarian site hosted in the United States, is known for posting addresses, phone numbers and other personal information about gay activists. Yesterday, the site post an address list of all the gay bars in Budapest, with Action being the first on the list.

Budapest’s chief of police is anticipating violence during this year’s Pride celebrations slated for July 5th. Last year, gangs of ultranationalists, skinheads and fascists attacked Pride cellebrants. Pride organizers criticised police for failing to take appropriate action during last year’s events.

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Jim Woulfe
June 27th, 2008 | LINK

That site is unbelievably ugly.

In the account of the fire-bombing, it states, “unfortunately not one faggot got fried.”

The list of gay bars is headed, “below is a list of faggot bars, should anyone be having a boring time.” In the context, it is most definitely an incitement to violence.

Much of the site’s content is illegal in Hungary – I’m not sure if sexual orientation is covered by the Hungarian vilification laws, but the tirades against Jews and Gypsies on the site couldn’t be published there.

woulfe
July 8th, 2008 | LINK

There’s an account of the attack on the gay parade in the English-language Budapest Times.

Various news organisations have also picked up coverage through Reuters.

It’s gratifying to see that this time the Hungarian police actually tried to defend the parade, even though there was a struggle to get it authorised in the first place. The authorisation of a counter-demonstration on the parade route shows that there’s still a way to
go.

The US-hosted http://kuruc.info website seems to have been taken down about thirty-six hours ago. Currently there is just a page entitled “message to our readers” containing just a link to their online payment system and the word “support”

Doubtless they’ll be popping up again soon somewhere else.

Yuki Choe
July 8th, 2008 | LINK

Their Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány even condemned the attacks:

http://www.politics.hu/20080707/politicians-condemn-saturdays-disturbances-to-the-gay-pride-march

http://www.fridae.com/newsfeatures/article.php?articleid=1905

Nice to see some huge political backing behind our community for once.

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