Police have detained the co-leader of the extra-parliamentary radical right Mi Hazánk party for removing a rainbow pride flag from the Budapest City Hall, the party said late on Sunday.
Előd Novák, assisted by other activists, had climbed on a 15-metre fire escape ladder to remove the flag from the building and threw it in a nearby rubbish bin, the party said, describing the flag as a “rainbow rag”.
Referring to the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919, the party said “Mi Hazánk considers it a shame that one hundred years after Regent Miklós Horthy freed the capital from its red rags, Mayor Gergely Karácsony not only brings back its spirit but also provokes the well-meaning majority by erecting such an anti-human flag”.
Referring to the gay pride marches held in Budapest since the 1990s, the party added that
“Mi Hazánk is the only Hungarian party that demanded banning the homosexual propaganda march but police have never been willing to take action”.
As we wrote before, people stole and vandalised LGBTQ flag from a town hall in Budapest. The perpetrators are presumably members of an opposing group called ‘Aryan Greens’, who, shortly after the rainbow flag was displayed at Ferencváros City Hall, took the flag of the LGBTQ community down on the evening of the 14 August and then trampled on it and set it on fire. Read details here.
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