The movement against Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán returned to the streets of Budapest on Saturday 5 January. Orbán is nervous. For the first time since his initial election victory in 2010 the trade unions are threatening a general strike and anti-government protests have broken out beyond the capital.
#01G is our slogan. You see it everywhere, on placards, graffitied on the streets and last night it was projected onto Sándor Palace. It literally means “Orbán is a wanker”. In a country where people are terrified of the authoritarian state, this is a big step… Roland Lakatos reports from Budapest
Fascism and a Hungarian town: paramilitaries, vigilante border patrols and the man who would be Jobbik’s new leader
As I drove into the town the first sign that greets me reads, “Migrants NOT welcome here.” Further down the street there’s another sign: no mosques, no Muslims and no LGBT+ people here. Welcome to the town of Ásotthalom in southern Hungary.
What the Hungarian election results mean – plus full coverage of the election from our antifascist liveblog
On the surface Tiszavasvári (pronounced Tee-sah-VAH-shvah-ree) looks like many small towns in eastern Hungary. A huge church and drab Soviet era town hall dominates its centre.
In the heart of Budapest, you will find Liberty Square. At the southern end of the square there is a crude stone and bronze monument – it commemorates the victims of the 1944 Nazi occupation of Hungary. But even the most cursory look at the monument should set alarm bells ringing.