Civilians and opposition politicians protested against the hastily finished German occupation statue on Sunday, writes news agency MTI. The statue, sparking a lot of controversy in the previous months, was finished overnight on Saturday with a comprehensive police escort, sparking yet another protest.
Civilians and representatives of opposition parties, including the Democratic Coalition (Demokratikus Koalíció, DK) and Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP) were among the crowd. Current and former members of parliament, including Tóbiás József, Gergely Karácsony, Péter Niedermüller and Ildikó Lendvai were all protesting against the statue, with many people throwing eggs at the now finished monument.
The city of Budapest and the government claim that the statue is to commemorate the suffering of Hungarians under the German rule of WWII, and the abolition of responsibilities, saying that a lot of Hungarians were involved in the Holocaust and should not be victimized. Civilians and several organizations believe that the Hungarian Holocaust did not start with building of ghettos and the deportation of Jews, but with the repressive social and politic atmosphere of the years before WWII. (MTI)
MTI photo, Noémi Bruzák