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Far-Right set to protest WJC Budapest meeting

Far-Right set to protest WJC Budapest meeting

A Hungarian priest and member of the far-Right Jobbik Party said a demonstration will be held next month in Budapest on the first day of the World Jewish Congress' General Assembly.

Lorant Hegedus Jr., a Calvinist priest, said that an "Anti-Bolshevik and anti-Zionist people's gathering" on May 4, the first day of the gathering which will bring together Jewish leaders from around the world..

Peter Feldmajer, president of Mazsihisz, the representative organisation of Hungarian Jews and EJC affiliate,  said Wednesday in a radio interview that "the Hungarian Jewish leadership condemns the demonstration to be held during the WJC session in Budapest,” and declared that it will not alter the plan of the WJC to hold its assembly in Budapest.

In his announcement of the demonstration, Hegedus called on the WJC to condemn "the Judeo-Bolshevik, anti-Christian and anti-Hungarian terror, and its Jewish leaders during the years of 1919 and of 1945.” Both years are significant in Hungarian history, characterized by the Hungarian far right as the revenge of the Jews against Hungarians.

Hegedus was a lawmaker in the 1990s as a leading member of the anti-Semitic MIEP Hungarian Justice and Life Party, the predecessor of Jobbik, which has nearly 15 percent of the seats in Parliament.

Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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