Hungarian Far-Right wants Roma Forced into Camps
Euronews | September 5, 2010
Some Hungarians resentful of their country’s large Roma minority want them forced to live in camps.
Gabor Staudt, a candidate in upcoming local elections in Hungary, outlined what Jobbik calls public protection camps. He said: “This new institution would solve the lack of prison capacity.”
Staudt said he wanted to remind Hungary’s ruling centre-right Fidesz party that all the countries represented in the European People’s Party have “already realised these ideas in the 21st century; just let me mention Sarkozy in France, Berlusconi in Italy or an appropriate example in Finland.”
The leader of Hungary’s opposition Socialist party, Attila Mesterhazy, countered: “We find what Jobbik says unacceptable. I hope they don’t want to shut Hungarian citizens up in concentration camps. The worst thing is that the Fidesz government has not distanced itself from Jobbik’s xenophobic platform. It should.”
Some analysts predict that Jobbik could rob Fidesz of a majority in local assemblies in the northeast of Hungary in next month’s elections.