The non-parliamentary Mi Hazánk party demanded “order in the country” at a protest attended by several hundred supporters in front of the local government office in Miskolc, in north-eastern Hungary, late on Sunday.
Addressing the event, the radical nationalist party’s head László Toroczkai referred to Roma people as a minority with “tribal organisations”, which posed a threat to the majority, including ambulance workers, police, teachers and kindergarten nurses. At the same time, he said “decent working Roma must be respected”.
There are “no-go zones” in Hungary, he insisted citing a recent case when ambulance staff could not reach a patient in time because they needed police support.
He said it was unacceptable that the Opre Roma Party maintained a plan to “tear four counties out of Hungary” to set up an autonomous Roma province and offer basic income to local Roma from tax-payers’ money.
Mi Hazánk deputy leader Előd Novák called for an end to “Roma crime” and insisted that “rather than fighting Roma crime those in power will fight the people ready to act against it.”
After the demonstration, a torch-lit march was held in Sály, a nearby vilage where a 61 year-old woman had recently been killed by a Roma man.
Roma protesters againts Mi Hazánk demonstration