No, I haven’t lost my mind. The members of this motorcycle gang call themselves Goy Bikers. If you ask them why, the answer is "because they like the name." Are they antisemitic? Oh, no, far from it. They are only "Christian and national." They also seem to be irredentists and consider themselves the successors to those Magyars who arrived in the Carpathian basin in the last years of the ninth century. Successors to those group of people who with their periodic raids kept the West fearful. Those "adventurers" were known to be excellent horse- and marksmen who on their fast horses could hit their victims while sending their arrows backwards. The emblem of the Goy Bikers therefore makes sense.
Except they sit on motorcycles and not on horses. Very expensive motorcycles. And there are many of them. Every weekend they have an outing. Among the scheduled events have been trips to villages where a lot of Roma (Gypsies) live and where some kind of a crime was committed by Gypsies. It is clear that their intent is to frighten people, people they don’t like. If they don’t like the government then they will try to disrupt some official function as on October 23, 2006, at the fiftieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of October 1956. They roared by during the unveiling of a memorial to the revolution and made such noise with their bikes that not a word could be heard of Domokos Kosáry, perhaps the greatest Hungarian historian of the twentieth century, who himself spent years in jail after the failed revolution. Let me add that Kosáry at this point was in his nineties.
Anyone who is interested in their activities and their political ideas, if you can call them ideas, should visit their website: http://www.gojmotorosok.hu/index.php?page=start where you can order a handsome T-shirt (all in black, of course) pronouncing "I’m a goy!" And by the way, don’t think that there are only a handful of these people who, according to their website, don’t believe that "parliamentary democracy expresses the will of the people."
Until now the main targets were Gypsies, but the Goy Bikers finally decided that they had had enough of the media too. Not all the media, of course, but those who "provoke" them. In a biweekly satirical publication, Hócipő, a journalist named Iván Andrassew who is actually a full-time member of the social democratic paper, Népszava, wrote an article about the Goy Bikers in which he poked fun at them. The Goys didn’t like it. Didn’t like it at all. The answer was to have a Goy Bikers’ demonstration against Népszava on April 29th. This will be a show of force, aiming to frighten the staff.
One has to keep in mind that Népszava is a social democratic paper with a proud tradition. It was established in 1873 and thus is the oldest Hungarian daily. Until 1948 it was the official paper of the Hungarian Social Democratic Party and as such it has gone through a lot: mostly bad things. During the Austro-Hungarian monarchy the Hungarian government wasn’t exactly crazy about the social democrats who in those days were much more to the left than they are today. During the Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919) Népszava was attacked by communists and anarchists. After the fall of Béla Kun’s regime (August 1919) came Miklós Horthy and his national army officers who were certainly no friends of social democracy or Népszava. Two of the paper’s journalists were kidnapped and assassinated. The perpetrators were never punished. The paper was often censored during the Horthy regime, and after the Germans occupied Hungary Népszava’s building was ransacked. After 1948 the communists made sure that Népszava lost its independence; it was relegated to being the official newspaper of the trade unions. Népszava, however, revived in 1990 and it has been a voice of the left ever since. Thus, it supports the socialist government but also gives space to moderate right-wing opinions as well.
The Hungarian left-liberal press and people who are against this resurgence of neo-nazi activism are outraged. Ferenc Gyurcsány promised to be there, in front of the building where they are going to hold a peaceful picnic. Whether the Goy Bikers show up or not, we will see, but if they come they will look like this:
I told you, there are a lot of them and these guys are not poor. Look at those bikes. Millions of forints worth of metal and very few brains in the heads.