The anti-Israel demonstration at Érpatak is under investigation by the Hungarian National Investigation Office (Nemzeti Nyomozó Iroda, NNI), instead of the county police station, reported news agency MTI on Tuesday. During the weekend the far-right mayor of Érpatak, Mihály Zoltán Orosz, performed a hanging, where effigies of Israeli leaders were hanged. NNI has now launched an investigation on the suspicion of public incitement.
Géza Fazekas, spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office, confirmed on Tuesday that Israel’s ambassador to Budapest has indeed contacted the office regarding the Érpatak demonstration, and an investigation was triggered by this complaint. The investigation was to be conducted by the Nyíregyháza Police Station, but soon the National Investigation Office took over.
On Saturday, Jobbik mayor of Érpatak, Mihály Zoltán Orosz hosted a demonstration titled “Glory to the unknown Palestinian heroes! Truth for Palestine!”, and a video of this “local government and civilian demonstration” was uploaded to the city’s youtube channel. According to this video, at the end of his speech the mayor symbolically hangs puppets of former President of Israel, Shimon Peres and current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In a statement sent to MTI, Ilan Mor, Ambassador of Israel to Hungary, said that they received the news of the demonstration with shock and concern, adding that a far-right Hungarian politician “once again used inciting words against Israeli leaders.” The Ministry of Foreign Affars and Trade issued a statment condemning the demonstartion, while opposition MP Ágnes Vadai called for a complete investigation. (MTI)
photo: youtube, Érpatak channel