The non-parliamentary far-right Mi Hazánk Movement held a torchlight march in Budapest on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Miklós Horthy’s election as regent.
Representatives of the Miklós Horthy Society, the Trianon Society, the Independent Smallholders Party, MIÉP, and the Hatvannégy Vármegye (Sixty-four Counties) Youth Movement, among others, took part in the march, which followed the same route that Horthy took from Gellért Hill to Parliament, crossing Liberty Bridge.
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László Toroczkai, Mi Hazánk’s leader, declared at the march: “We are the heirs to the Horthy era.” “We believe Hungary belongs to Hungarians.”
He also called for the law that ratified the Treaty of Trianon to be repealed.
László Toroczkai. Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI
Reformed Church minister Lóránt Hegedűs, president of the Miklós Horthy Society, called for the rehabilitation of Horty’s social policies. He said it was important to fight “accusations against Hungarians” in connection with Adolf Hitler, which he insisted were the result of the falsification of history.
Előd Novák, Mi Hazánk’s deputy leader, demanded that Budapest award Horthy a posthumous honorary citizen title and erect a statue of the former regent on St. Gellért Square.
Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI
Hundreds of torchbearers marched from St. Gellért’s Square, across Liberty Bridge, to Martyrs’ Square near Parliament, led by a white horse symbolising the regent.
They were met by around 60 anti-fascist demonstrators who played loud music and chanted: Horthy’s crimes! White Terror! Fascist state! Anti-Jewish Law! and Nazis go back home!
Police kept the peace and separated the Horthy marchers from the protesters with cordons.
Featrued photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI