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President Visits Roman Branch of Embattled Hungarian Scientific Institution

Hungary Today 2024.05.01.

President Tamás Sulyok and his wife visited the Collegium Hungaricum in Rome (Hungarian Academy in Rome) during their tour of the Italian capital. The Berlin-based branch of the same institution was attacked and vandalized at the end of January this year by suspected far-left so-called “anti-fascists.”

The Hungarian Head of State was on an official visit to Rome. He met with Pope Francis last Thursday. Furthermore, on Friday, Tamás Sulyok was received at the Magistral Palace by Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap. During the meeting, the Hungarian Head of State praised the work of the Order of Malta, particularly in Hungary, where the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta stands as the largest social institution.

On Monday, he and his wife visited the Hungarian Academy (Collegium Hungaricum, CH) that has devotedly preserved Hungarian culture since 1927.

The institution in Rome is a scientific and cultural establishment. Its aim is to promote Hungarian culture and the humanities in Italy through concerts, exhibitions, book presentations, readings, conferences, round tables, among others. In addition, it supports the studies of Hungarian researchers and scholarship holders in the southern European country. As of summer 2023, the institute is under the professional direction of the Deputy State Secretariat for Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation.

The interior of the institution’s building. Photo via Facebook/Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma / Collegium Hungaricum Róma

While CH’s Rome branch is thriving and can operate uninterrupted, its sister institution in Berlin was attacked by suspected antifa extremists on the evening of January 26: “#honourless” was spray-painted on the walls of the building and several of its windows were smashed, reported Mandiner.

Photo via Facebook/CHB – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin

The institution vandalized in the German capital is also founded and run by the Hungarian state.

In a statement issued by the group admitting the attack on the building, the justification for the vandalism is that the gang attacked the building in connection with a domestic criminal case against German and Italian far-left figures in relation to the February 2023 Budapest Antifa attacks.

File photo via Hungary Today


In 2023, a group of violent Antifa thugs, most of them Italian and German nationals, attacked people they thought were members of a radical right-wing group on Budapest’s streets. Most of the victims turned out to be uninvolved passers by and foreign tourists. Some of the victims were beaten so severely that they suffered serious injuries that required intensive care. One of the alleged members of the far-left extremist group, Ilaria Salis, is currently standing trial in Hungary, charged with membership in a criminal organization, attempted bodily harm, and endangering life.

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Via Mandiner, Featured image via X/DrTamasSulyok

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