Budapest (MTI) – Budapest 8th district mayor Kocsis Mate ordered an internal investigation on Friday into a scuffle that took place at the local council’s celebration of the August 20th national holiday, the council press office said.
The opposition parties Democratic Coalition (DK) and Egyutt earlier called on the interior minister and the prime minister, respectively, to order an investigation into Thursday’s scuffle.
The 8th district local council press office said in a statement that the investigation will be based on all available recordings and reports about the event.
The local council’s leaders will decide in view of the findings whether it is necessary to submit a report to the police or launch a disciplinary procedure, the statement said. The council expressed its apologies to peaceful demonstrators and called on the “provocateurs” to refrain from such behaviour in the future.
DK deputy leader Agnes Vadai said in a statement that during the official 8th district local council celebration on August 20 “a group of shaven-headed bullies stopped a company of demonstrators”.
“Besides initially not letting them enter the square, one of the demonstrators, a woman, was hit in the face, which can be proven by video recordings available on the internet,” Vadai said.
Egyutt called on Kocsis and Prime Minister Viktor Orban to reveal “who were the shaven-headed bouncers, who gave them instructions and how could it happen that an old woman was assaulted when police were present”.