First a few words about the Magyar Sziget Fesztivál (Hungarian Island Festival), which just held its eleventh gathering in Verőce. This far-right festival came into being as a counterpoint to the gathering of young people from all over the world in Budapest at about the same time called simply Sziget Festival. Magyar Sziget is a much smaller gathering. According to one of the organizers, Jobbik MP György Zagyva, they want it that way. One thing is certain: the organizers make sure that “antagonistic outsiders” will not enter the premises. At least not legally. The only reporters they allow are from friendly or “neutral” newspapers like Magyar Nemzet, but officially MTV was also there to report on the gathering. It was illegal for participants to take pictures.
The reporters of the British Sun (August 4) didn’t seem to care very much about all the rules and regulations of the Hungarian Nazis. They donned T-shirts appropriate for the occasion, hid their cameras, and took plenty of pictures. Including one of a British National Party politician while he repeatedly gave the Nazi salute and shouted, “Sieg heil.” In addition, one could see Nazi paraphernalia being displayed:
One can only wonder whether the reporters from MTV saw these displays or perhaps the organizers hid their ware while MTV was filming the event. In any case, no one seemed to see anything wrong with the festival. One also wonders about the policemen who were apparently making sure that the one-week long festival went off smoothly, without any disturbances.
Chris Hurst, the BNP politician who has since been stripped of his party membership, came to Hungary to meet with leaders of the Hungarian far right. Hurst explained to The Sun that he merely followed the lead of the thousands of neo-Nazis present. They were all transfixed on Saga, a Swedish singer, whose racist lyrics were a great inspiration for Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer. Here are a few people from the admiring crowd:
György Zagyva, a Jobbik MP and one of the organizers, is planning to sue The Sun for illegally entering and taking pictures at the festival. From the vantage point of the British reporters it was a good idea to enter incognito because otherwise they might have met Zagyva himself, as two unsuspecting Hungarian reporters from Hetek (publication of Hitgyűlekezet) did last year. They came close to being roughed up by the “gentleman.”
Let’s start with the shameful situation that the Hungarian press seems to be incapable of decent investigative journalism. If the Brits could get into the festival, take pictures, and write a report that resulted in the ousting of a British politician, it would be incumbent upon Hungarian journalists to be able to do the same. Admittedly, knowing the Hungarian situation, even if such a report had seen the light of day most likely nothing would have happened. The authorities wouldn’t move a finger. They would madly look around in the legal tomes to find some reason for taking action, but in the final analysis they wouldn’t find anything to justify police action against the organizers.
At least The Sun‘s report called attention to Magyar Sziget. It is not very clear in what way, but further details leaked out from the gathering. In the tent set up by Szent Korona Rádió, a far-right station, two members of Betyársereg (Army of Outlaws) gave speeches. One of them–Zsolt Tyirityán, who had already seen what life was like inside a jail cell–called upon people to wage guerrilla warfare and kill without compunction. He was recruiting people to join the Outlaws, especially people who are single and are ready to sacrifice their lives. After all, it is possible that the members of the new Anti-Terrorist Center set up by Viktor Orbán will kill them all. He talked about being freedom fighters and self-sacrificing martyrs.
His companion, Zsolt Dér, detailed a future war between three million Gypsies and three million pensioners and envisioned local self-defense groups that “will result in a situation we call terrorism.” According to Dér, the police of Sándor Pintér are already preparing for such an eventuality. After the Gypsies came the Jews with Israeli Merkava tanks. Tyirityán asked the crowd: “Will we be brave enough to shoot that lousy Jew?” Several people from the crowd answered in the affirmative and the people began to applaud.
After a few days of silence the spokeswoman of Jobbik, Dóra Dúró, told Index that Jobbik is not a close associate of Betyársereg. Their relationship can be described more properly as peaceful coexistence.
It is fairly difficult for Jobbik to disassociate itself from some very unsavory groups because during the summer of 2009 the newspapers of “the national side” wrote extensively on a “National Guarantee Meeting” where representatives of the more important organizations of the far right signed a document of strategic cooperation: Gábor Vona, chairman of Jobbik; György Budaházy, currently in jail suspected of attacks on Socialist politicians; Róbert Kiss, then captain of the Hungarian Guard; György Zagyva, representing HVIM (Hatvankét Vármegye Ifjúsági Mozgalom); and Zsolt Tyirityán, leader of the Outlaws.
Although another Jobbik MP, Szilvia Bertha, also denied that Jobbik has anything to do with the Outlaws, László Toroczkai (HVMI), the man who received a message from the Norwegian murderer before he shot 70 some people, told reporters last Saturday that “the strategic alliance between Jobbik, HVIM and the Outlaws is working very well as this year’s Magyar Sziget proves.”
As for Toroczkai himself, at Magyar Sziget he declared that he could kill Ferenc Gyurcsány and Viktor Orbán with a Kalashnikov. Dóra Dúró, when asked about Toroczkai’s boasting, could say only that her party is in favor of legal retribution.
LMP and MSZP demand an investigation of these groups and the activities at Magyar Sziget from Sándor Pintér, minister of interior. What do you think will happen?