Far-Right Mi Hazánk Aims to Revive Paramilitaries and Intimidating Marches
Ábrahám Vass 2019.05.14.
Far-right Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) party leader László Toroczkai announced the setup of a new paramilitary organization similar to the late Magyar Gárda. This comes on the heels of a recent statement he made about a march against what he described as “gypsy-terror” following an incident in the town of Törökszentmiklós.
At the party’s event on May 1st, Toroczkai first revealed his goal of establishing an organization similar to the dissolved Magyar Gárda. Today, he announced that this new organization would officially be established in Szeged on June 1st under the name “National Legion.” It will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Army, which, led by Miklós Horthy, Hungary’s controversial governor from 1920 to 1944, “purged the country of communists,” Toroczkai explained.
The National Legion will work to “defend education, preserve military traditions and help save lives and assets in the case of a natural disaster.” It will also fight “anarchy and criminals” and “support thousands of evicted Hungarians,” Toroczkai said. He also claimed that the country “is heading towards anarchy,” citing a “Gypsy party aimed at forming an independent Gypsy province” and “the city of Törökszentmiklós, where a Gypsy clan keeps local residents in terror.”
The Hungarian Guard (Magyar Gárda) was the de facto paramilitary wing of Jobbik, a formally radical-nationalist party. Back then, its aim was to 'defend a physically, spiritually and intellectually defenseless Hungary.' It was founded in 2007 and dissolved in 2009 as its activities were in conflict with the human rights guaranteed to minorities by the country’s constitution.
He referenced a recent news story about a presumably drugged man who brutally beat three people in Törökszentmiklós. Toroczkai and his party immediately jumped at the opportunity and marched in protest with openly racist party Betyársereg and its allies due to being “fed up with certain Gypsy families terrorizing locals.”
As Index notes, the upcoming EP elections could have been a factor. However, the fact that a Jobbik politician is mayor might have also had something to do with it given that Mi Hazánk often targets the largest opposition party that its members have left or been excluded from.
While police recently decided to ban the march, Toroczkai announced on his Facebook that the party still plans to go ahead with its protest on Monday.