Riots in Hungary

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"We'll beat up everyone's heads, you rotten filth!"

2006.11.02. 09:38 | ike

English-language gastro blog reports that some American tourists were forced to hide in a restaurants' toilet when police raided the place on October 23. looking for rioters. A Canadian man and a German couple were beaten up, according to Budapest restaurants need larger restrooms.

"They said they had only experienced abuse of this kind in apartheid-era South Africa."
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Do You Recognize Him?

2006.11.02. 09:29 | ike

Cop ID Contest update: "Do you recognize him?" That's what this hand-drawn poster, discovered by a friend on a wall near Madách tér in downtown Budapest asks passers-by. What's next? Pics on milk boxes?

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The Italian Connection: "Avanti Ragazzi di Budapest"

2006.10.30. 12:43 | ike

Football hooligans were clearly in the avant-garde of rioters during the September 18 MTV siege and the following street fights: police have since identified hardcore fans of Újpest and FTC among the demonstrators. Riots in Hungary has gathered further evidence to prove the football connection – with an international twist.
This video was shot during an Internazionale game at Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
(better known as San Siro, the home of city clubs FC Internazionale and AC Milan)  following the riots in Budapest. Watch the big white banner.

Further down south in Italy, fans of A.S. Roma hold a similar banner on October 25, just two days after the Budapest fights, during a Roma-Ascoli game. Photo via Core de Roma, a site dedicated to everything A. S. Roma.

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Cop ID Contest – Identify a Riot Cop and Win International Fame Now!

2006.10.27. 12:51 | ike

Civil rights groups, including the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) are questioning the legality of some police actions taken during the October 23 riots. Pictures and videos show police beating and kicking people lying on the ground defenseless, sometimes already in handcuffs; cops throwing cobblestones at protesters and using non-standard, privately purchased weapons such as baton-like but flexible sticks called „viperas” (vipers) – not this kind of viper, though.
Identification of potential Dirty Harrys is however difficult, if not impossible, since none of the thousands of policemen deployed wore IDs during the fights.
Budapest police chief Péter Gergényi told they might have lost their badges, which they are obliged to wear according to the Hungarian Police Act. News organs that publish riot pictures tend to blur the faces of policemen, although it is legally unclear why an officer on duty should remain unidentifiable.
Now, on to the contest! If you can identify any of the policemen in the following pictures or videos, send his or her name and rank to Riots in
Hungary and Win International Fame NOW! No purchase necessary. Contest void where prohibited by law.

At least one of the policemen is throwing a piece of stone at – seemingly innocent - protesters in this video we received via Paraszolvencia. But can you spot his badge number?

Innocent or not, the lone man in this video was unfortunate enough to bump into a bunch of riot cops while standing on a corner in downtown shopping street Váci utca. Your task: name at least one of the nine cops who beat him.

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Tank Man Lookalike

2006.10.26. 12:38 | ike

Remember the lone protester who halted tanks by simply standing in front of them on Beijing’s Tienanmen square in 1989?

Now that’s an easy job compared to what this Hungarian protester did to a tank in Budapest on October 23: he hijacked it. Watch the video here.

As the picture of the mysterious tank driver surfaced from an photographer’s archives a couple of minutes ago, it’s high time we organized a lookalike contest: which celebrity does this man, facing years in prison if convicted, resemble the most? Henry Ford? Rutger Hauer? Bohumil Hrabal? Martin Sheen? Kirk

Alternatively, you may decide to pick one of Kelly’s Heroes.

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Revolutionary Folk Artists Turn to Photoshop

2006.10.26. 11:08 | ike

Not that this is funny or something, but so far this is all  we have: a piece of revolutionary folk art we received via smut-specialized sister blog Subba. Creepy, huh?

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Protests Continue, Police Stand by

2006.10.26. 10:59 | ike

About 200-300 protesters gathered Wednesday evening on Kossuth tér near Parliament to commemorate the victims of a volley that killed at least 70 and injured 150 demonstrators on that day 50 years ago. This time, police did not intervene and even let three demonstrators cross the double cordon to lay wreaths on the ’56 memorial.

Further riots? Perhaps. The 1956 revolution erupted on October 23 and ended on November 4, when about a thousand Soviet tanks invaded Budapest. By noon, Moscow radio reported that Russian troops "crushed the forces of reactionary conspiracy against the Hungarian people".
Opposition leader Viktor Orbán now wants
Europe to declare November 4 a memorial day of the victims of communism. It is quite reasonable to expect that people will keep gathering on Kossuth tér for weeks, and larger crowds may come together by November 4 to commemorate the anniversary.

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The Khaleej Times Urges New Elections

2006.10.25. 17:07 | ike

Most major English-language publications ran the story of the October 23 Budapest riots. Even the Khaleej Times had something to say: based in the United Arab Emirates, the paper wants "fresh elections" in Hungary. Kate Connolly reported for major Australian and British news organs from a safe distance, Bucharest, Romania, 900 kilometers from Budapest. Never mind, at least the Pope is with us.

The Economist: "A Bitter Farce"
"Imagine an American president celebrating the Fourth of July in front of the Capitol with a spattering of foreign guests and a few handpicked kids on bikes in a parody of a parade, with a solitary fire truck for good measure and no ordinary citizens closer than a mile."

Kommersant: "An Information War"
"By all appearances, the events early this week were the continuation of coordinated attacks by ring-wing forces against the ruling party and its leader Ferenc Gyurcsany. The campaign to discredit the prime minister has already yielded dividends for the opposition in the form of an impressive victory in the local elections. If Fidesz now succeeds in forcing the government to resign and holding early parliamentary elections, the right wing will be assured of its accession to power."

The Khaleej Times: "Back to the people"
"So what should have been a solemn occasion to remember a landmark event in Europe’s post World War II history has been turned into a massive anti-government agitation. […] Surely, a people who defied Soviet tanks and guns half a century ago cannot be cowed down by a lying and discredited politician. The only way to resolve the explosive situation in Hungary may be by way of fresh elections. It’s back to the people, then."

Sticking to the highest standards of objectivity in modern-day investigative journalism, Kate Connolly managed to report for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph from a 900 kilometer distance: Bucharest, Romania. Here she goes:

Sydney Morning Herald: "Deja vu"
"In a dramatic visual recreation of scenes from 1956 when Red Army tanks tried to quash the revolution, a lone tank moved jerkily down a central Budapest street on Monday night, surrounded by excited protesters.[…] Their action turned what had been peaceful mass demonstrations into the worst political violence since the events of 1956."

And finally, even Pope Benedict himself had something to say, although he probably did not expect what was going to happen when he sent this message to Hungarian President László Sólyom:

The Pope: "Courageous People"
"Despite all the oppression they have endured down the centuries, most recently from Soviet communism, your people have always maintained the correct evaluation of the relationship between the State and citizens, beyond all ideology. […] The heartfelt wish that I now renew is that Hungary may build a future free from all forms of oppression and ideological conditioning."

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Interactive Riot Walkthrough

2006.10.25. 11:33 | ike

Wonder what happened and where? Having a hard time visualizing events and matching them with locations? To the rescue: Interactive Riot Walkthrough from the guys who brought you the now famous tank video, live reports, loads of pictures and the Barricade Building Contest. Click on the picture below to visit October 23 riot scenes and see the related photo galleries.

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Barricade Building 101

2006.10.24. 16:18 | ike

Creativity, speed and good improvisation skills are an absolute must if you try to build a street barricade during riots. There is little opportunity to use bring-it-yourself materials, so you have to get on with whatever you find on the scene, and good timing is essential if you want to avoid gas grenades and rubber bullets fired by the police during the construction. Budapest protesters on Monday excelled at all the three necessary skills, using the most absurd building blocks to deter police.

Here are the contenders for the title "Best Barricade Building Block, Budapest 2006":

No. 5.
Metal trash containers with burning trash
Trivial as it may sound, trash containers play a double role: they effectively block grenades and bullets, and, when set on fire, they create a psychological barrier that is difficult to overcome even for the toughest of riot police.

No. 4.
Concrete mixer
To build the barricade at the Pest end of Erzsébet bridge, protesters used a wide variety of materials taken from a nearby construction yard. Among lots of brick and wooden panels, they also used a concrete mixer, thus forcing police to deploy an unusual device, a snow plow to break through. Among all barricades, the one at the bridge took the longest to build and it was the last one to fall.

No. 3.
A bus operated by the Budapest Transportation Company (BKV) makes a perfect barricade in itself. On Monday, protesters occupied a number 15 bus, turned it across Bajcsy Zsilinszky út and took cover behind it until things got worse. They also tried to persuade a trolley bus driver to give up the vehicle, but the driver said no and fled without consequences. Here's an animated how-to about the hijacking part, complete with police intervention. Clever. (Note that this one was a failed attempt; the would-be barricade builders fled after the cops showed up.)

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No. 2.
Mobile toilet

Budapest mass events are notorious of the blue plastic toilet boxes, made by a company called ToiToi, emitting a smell which is a horrible mixture of feces, urine and chlorine. The Monday riots saw the first use of mobile toilets as barricade building elements in the 16-year old history of Hungarian democracy. Rioters deployed the ToiTois on Rákóczi út, using the boxes’ doors as improvised shields to block incoming bullets.

And the winner of the "Best
Barricade Building Block, Budapest 2006" contest is:
"Szabadság" means freedom or liberty, and, to our best knowledge, this was the first time in the history of mankind that the word was used to build a barricade. On September 24, Budapest Mayor Gábor Demszky set up an art exhibit near the downtown city council: it was a series of man-tall, letter shaped objects painted the colors of the national flag - red, white and green -, that together spelt out the sentence “Budapest a szabadság fővárosa” (Budapest, the capital of liberty). On October 23, protesters removed the letters S, Z, A, B, A, D, S, Á  and G, and used the huge blocks to build a barricade. Lesson learnt: B is safer than D. And never try to hide behind a G.

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"Now, They’re Coming"

2006.10.24. 15:20 | ike

In fact, they aren’t yet. By 7:30 pm Monday, fights center on Rákóczi út, with police pushing one wing of the protesters towards the Erzsébet bridge and the other wing towards Blaha Lujza tér. I arrive at the latter just in time to witness the entrée of a bunch of bikers decorated with Hungarian flags and other nationalistic paraphernalia. The bikers share one more thing: their mufflers have been removed or altered to sound like T-34 tanks - or worse. There’s cheering and applause from the crowd despite the fact that the bikers don’t do much except showing off with the noise they create and posing for pictures.

Masked rioter perched on top of a public phone box near Blaha Lujza tér
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Every single person in the crowd seems to carry a camera cell phone, and every single person is using it – it’s hard to tell reporter from spy, rioter from undercover cop.
The most active rioters are dressed in hooded sweaters, their faces masked to avoid identification and incoming gas. They raise a barricade from rails abandoned by the police, but they also use some fencing material supposed to protect a construction crane. Construction workers guarding the crane simply look away.
There are surprisingly many kids (aged 12 and up) on the streets. “Now, they’re coming”, says a young guy to an equally young friend when he suspects police are about to launch an attack and break through the barricade. He turns around, produces a lighter and sets on fire what seems like part hand grenade, part ancient torch: some black material spread evenly on a wooden stick. There’s no attack though, the instrument is saved for later use.
Later in a side street, some friends see three 15-16-year old, masked kids making Molotov cocktails using Fanta and Coke bottles, gasoline and some thread stuck into the bottleneck.
I leave Rákóczi út to look around and, and on a corner, I notice dozens of mounted police lurking in the dark, ready to storm the rioters. But the final attack won’t start until
10:30 pm; meanwhile, protesters entertain themselves by lighting trashcans and shouting the slogan of the day: “Gyurcsány, takarodj!”, calling for prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány’s resignation.
The other wing of the protesters, lined up at the bridge, will hold its positions until long after

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Step into the Revolution!

2006.10.24. 13:34 | ike

On a second thought, I may opt for peace. I run back home to check my mailbox, and what do I find? An e-mail with a subject that says "Step into the Revolution!". It’s from Lauer Learning, a U.S. company that has developed Freedom Fighter 56, a "historically accurate educational computer game" with "original soundtrack and bilingual voice acting". How very appropriate! How very timely! Too bad I tested the demo back in July and I found the graphics lousy and the gameplay downright  stupid. The final version may only do better, but since it costs USD 29,99, there's a chance I'll never find out.

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Cry, Cough and Curse

2006.10.24. 12:54 | ike

Ok, so my next stunt is to try and overtake the slowly moving  police forces and face the water cannons that are squeezing rioters out of Deák tér, herding them towards Astoria where opposition party Fidesz is holding its ’56 memorial event. It’s 7:20 pm, and the crowd looks like it was it was struck by a bad flu epidemic: the wind doesn’t have a chance to get into the narrow streets and blow away the tear gas that makes people cry, cough and curse.

One small street that would take me to the front line is blocked by a line of policemen, so I take a right turn on Dob utca, in times of peace a sleepy street with one of Budapest’s best Indian restaurants, now a street full of people either running away from the events or trying to get close to them. About 50 meters from the front line, I suddenly hear the sound of gas grenades detonating and landing just inches away from my feet. Clouds of smoke choke the crowd. A flying grenade almost hits a young girl running on the sidewalk. We all run for cover.

The blue dot shows where the front line is; the red dot is where the grenades land.
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Riot fashion: What’s Hot Now and What Was Hot Then

2006.10.24. 10:42 | ike

Back in the black-and-white days of 1956, street fashion was simple and practical, if not a bit dull – as seen on this archive photo of a revolutionary couple.


Fifty years later? Brave selection of colors and patterns (note the perfect matching of belt and scarf) on this couple Monday night on Blaha Lujza tér. And did you know that love is eternal?

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"Let’s Take off Before We Die"

2006.10.24. 09:22 | ike

Since I live on Andrássy út (Budapest’s Champs Elysées sans the fancy fashion stores), I simply walk down the road to face a line of riot police blocking my way across Bajcsy Zsilinszky út on Monday, at around 6:20 PM. No traffic on the otherwise busy  four-lane street; many walk in the middle of the road. I see people covering their faces and wiping their tears off with handkerchiefs. Many of them are well-dressed tourists with cameras in their hands, some of them kids, all of them swimming in tear gas. The cloud is becoming thicker as I get close to the cops wearing helmets, armed with batons and protected by shields. About a hundred yards away, a large group of policemen are chasing rioters with grenades and water cannons that release fluid painted blue – I guess to facilitate identification.

Loud bangs, and a helicopter circling above the area. The smoke is becoming intolerable. Someone in the crowd says ’Let’s Take off Before We Die’. I agree. There must be better places to die. How about right in front of the water cannons?

I’m no Coppola, and it might not have been the Apocalypse, but here’s what I saw and heard Monday evening at Andrássy út and Bajcsy Zsilinszky út.

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Now, This Is What I Call Re-enactment

2006.10.24. 07:51 | ike

It’s 5 o’clock pm on the Nagykörút (grand boulevard) near Oktogon. An old, olive green Hungarian-made Csepel military truck carries what seems to be a load of protesters dressed up in revolution-era historic costumes. Ah, actors. The big white cyrillic letters painted on the back of the truck read „Russki domoy” (Russian go home), a common graffiti during the 1956 revolution. Suddenly, traffic forces  the truck to stop, and the passengers, waving Hungarian flags, start yelling at passers-by: „Traitors! Traitors!”

Now, this is what I call authentic re-enactment. But who are the traitors? Gotta find out.


This Csepel was parked on Sunday on Andrássy út as a historic exhibit. All quiet at the moment.

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Restarting the Riots – Riots 2.0

2006.10.24. 03:49 | riotsinhungary

On the day that Hungary planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, streetfighting and chaos erupted for the second time in a month in downtown Budapest.

Trouble flared very early in the morning, when police started to remove all the people from Kossuth square who had been camping there for a month in protest of PM Ferenc Gyurcsány admitting that he had lied to the nation. The demonstrators say that the police attacked without any reason, while those in blue insist that they had to do something since the „peaceful” squatters had armed themselves with rocks and knifes and were planning to disturb the official celebrations scheduled later this afternoon at the same place.

The police were fast in emptying Kossuth square, but soon full-scale rioting broke out all around the city. Tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets were all used by the police, but by late afternoon it was clear that this was not enough. Meanwhile the main opposition party, Fidesz started its planned rally in front of tens of thousands of supporters at central Astoria square. The police managed to push back the more violent demonstrators, only to see them join up with the peaceful Fidesz-supporters.

As night fell many parts of central Budapest were choking on tear gas, while a core of a couple thousand rioters was busy building barricades, burning cars and even looting some shops. A long and tense standoff with the police followed, with none of the two sides willing or daring to attack the other. Slowly the rioters started losing their patience, and as many of them tried to quietly leave the scene, police finally decided to attack. The rioters inmediately started running in all directions, with police chasing them everywhere, even to the roofs of some buildings. At 3:30 AM on October 24th a huge manhunt is going on all around the city.

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World’s Scariest Police Chases – The Hungarian Revolution Edition

2006.10.24. 02:22 | riotsinhungary

No, this is not 1956. It’s downtown Budapest just yesterday. Someone on the Committee to Organise Memorials to Revolutions in a REALLY STUPID WAY had the grand idea of stationing a soviet tank int he heart of Budapest on a day that everyone knew would bring trouble. Even better: that someone made sure that the tank, which was supposed to be a peaceful souvenir from the old communist days, would be in full working condition. EVEN BETTER: he left a bit of petrol in the tank. Of the tank.


Incredibly noone was killed, but the rioters who managed to get into the tank went for the rides of their lives until the petrol ran out and police were finally able to take over the vehicle. Luckily it was captured on film, so it’s sure to become the highlight of those police chase videos for years to come.

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Restarting the Riots – Unlucky 23

2006.10.24. 02:16 | riotsinhungary

It was exactly 50 years ago, on October 23rd 1956 that the Hungarian Revolution started. The nation, willing to do anything to shake off its Soviet masters took to the streets of Budapest to fight against the hated communist regime. Everything seemed to go the freedom fighters’ way, but after a couple of days Moscow decided that it couldn’t let one of its puppets break free. Soviet troops invaded Hungary and the revolution was quickly crushed. Despite the obvious defeat, the revolution was a victory in many ways. It proved that the Soviets couldn’t feel safe even in their own backyard, and it also provided enough pride for many Hungarians to help them live through the next 33 years until communism finally collapsed for good.

October 23rd 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, a day that every political power wanted to make special – on their own terms. So a number of memorials were planned:
- The big official party, featuring most top Hungarian politicians (except the opposition ones that refused to share a stage with PM Gyurcsány), and a lot of top-dog guests like Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission and heads of state and government from all over the world.
- A big popular rally organized by main opposition party Fidesz on Astoria square, right in the heart of Budapest.
- The party that the weirdos squatting in front of the Parliament building for a month had planned, which was finally broken up on the eve of the 23rd, the event that led to all hell breaking lose in Budapest for the second time in a month.

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Restarting the Riots – A Month of Not Much

2006.10.24. 01:41 | riotsinhungary

On October 23rd rioting started for the second time on the streets of Budapest. This, however, was preceeded by a month that the international media considered way too boring to care about. Oh, how right they were... Anyway, if you really want to know what happened in Hungary between the end of september and the end of october, here is the lowdown.

- After a couple of nights of streetfighting and a succesful siege to the building of the Hungarian State Television, the riots slowly fizzled out.
- Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány refused to step down and wowed to complete the agenda of economical reforms his government had started.
- A colourful coalition of extreme right-wing loonies turned Kossuth square in front of the Hungarian Parliament into their permanent camping ground, where they decided to stay until Gyurcsány would give in and leave.
- On the local elections of October 1st the governing social-liberal coalition candidates suffered painful defeats all over the country. Their only consolation was Budapest mayor Gábor Demszky, a liberal, hanging on to his seat by a very narrow margin.
- After the local elections the main opposition party, the right-wing Fidesz declared that the people had chosen to live without Gyurcsány, and that they would hold daily rallies on Kossuth tér until the socialist PM would finally stand down.
- As the days passed, things got even more boring. The loonies camped. Fidesz rallied, carefully trying to keep their distance from the loonies. Gyurcsány and his government tried to go on as if nothing had happened.
- Despite the peace and love on the surface, everyone knew that October 23rd would bring a new round of rioting.

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2006.09.25. 01:39 | riotsinhungary

That weird word means conspiracy. There is nothing that Hungarians love more than finding the hidden motives, the dark forces, the foreign infiltrators and the evil bastards trying to milk the noble causes. Since the riots started people from every political persuasion, anti- and pro-government types have all nurtured some wonderfully wild conspiracy theories. Which doesn't mean that they are not true. Here are our favourites:

Who leaked Gyurcsány's speech to the media?
- Those who hate him say it was the PM himself. The cunning bastard wants to manipulate the masses in a way that ordinary Hungarians can't really understand.
- Those who love him say it was the PM himself. The cunning genius wants to manipulate the masses in a way that ordinary Hungarians can't really understand.

Who started the riots?
- Commie agents paid by Gyurcsány, who wants to discredit the noble revolutionaries by associating them with pain and destruction.
- Evil ex-PM Viktor Orbán, who is trying to completely ruin the country so he can get back to power.
- The Jews, the Romanians or the Slovaks.

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1956 vs. 2006: What's the deal?

2006.09.24. 19:12 | riotsinhungary

Most of the people who are participating in the ongoing demonstrations are convinced that 50 years after the uprising against the soviets, they are starting another Hungarian revolution. This was strongly condemned by many of those who participated in the 1956 events, and also by president László Sólyom, who says that comparing the current riots to what happened five decades ago dishonours the memory of 1956.

We would love to explain the difference (and also the surprising similarities) between 1956 and 2006, but unfortunately Hungary's leading expat blog, Pestiside has beaten us. So check out their marvelous "Budapest '06 vs. '56: A Guide for Clueless Foreign Hacks".

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50 000

2006.09.24. 11:12 | riotsinhungary

Yesterday night saw the most people on the streets of Budapest since the demonstrations started last Sunday. There were about 50 000 people on Kossuth square, even though it's quite hard to estimate: the organizers say a lot more, everybody else says a lot less.

The crowd was pretty impressive anyway, especially considering that Fidesz, the main opposition party that had a demonstration planned for this saturday since July, cancelled the thing two days ago. Apparently the Hungarian secret services have warned them that it would be impossible to guarantee the safety of the participants, since an unidentified criminal group was planning some unidentifed act of violence. Unidentifying is pretty big in Hungary!

Even if Fidesz backed out, some of its leading politicians went to the rally to speak to the gathered masses. Fortunately this time the chaos and streetfighting seen earlier this week was totally absent. However the extreme right-wing groups organizing the demonstrations warned that from next week the protests would extend to the entire country, unless Gyurcsány gives in resigns.

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News Guys Making the News

2006.09.23. 14:55 | ike

Hír TV, (News TV) known for its sympathy for right-wing politics in general and the largest opposition party, Fidesz in particular, has literally been in the forefront of the riots since the beginning. Hír TV was the only station with live coverage of the MTV siege -  their footage was broadcast by not only Hungarian rivals RTL and TV2, but also by BBC and CNN. Not by the MTV, though. The state TV ran a canned culture program while the HQ were under siege Monday night.

Rivalry between commercial channels culminated in a close encounter Thursday night, when the Hír TV crew, cruising Budapest streets looking for events, noticed that they were being followed by a white car. They tried to shake it off and even performed an illegal U-turn, but the white car wouldn’t let go. When Hír TV anchor Attila Császár confronted the suspicious car’s driver and the passenger, they produced TV2 id cards and pulled out a huge camera from the back seat. Asked why they were following the rival crew, they said Hír TV seemed to be better informed than they were. Hír TV ran the entire incident on Friday.

Oh, and did we mention the people at Parliament cheered and applauded Al Jazeera for showing up among the international TV crews to report on the protests?

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Cop and Politician on the Dark Side

2006.09.22. 14:54 | ike

Both the government and the police have tried to downplay the significance of the riots, arguing that the siege of the MTV and the ensuing street fights can be attributed to a few hundred football hooligans looking for trouble. That seems to be generally true – with a few notable exceptions.

- Oszkár Goró, member of the largest opposition party Fidesz is caught on videotape, apparently throwing something at the line of riot policemen. When questioned by his party, he says what he threw at the police was an empty beer can, and he did so because he got mad when he saw that policemen assaulted a reporter. Yeah, right.

- András Sváby, leading figure of the commercial TV station TV2 is seen among the onlookers. Sváby is not reporting – no camera, no microphone – he is  smiling and chatting with someone while the siege is on – he’s not throwing stones and not beating policemen, though.

- Flórián Urbán, ex-mediocre soccer player turned TV pundit was caught on camera participating merrily in the siege. He was inmediatley fired by his employers at Hungary's most popular commercial TV station, RTL Klub.

- An unnamed first lieutenant of the Hungarian police spotted among rioters . He was immediately fired from the police, then  taken into custody. Thursday, the daily tabloid Blikk reported that there was not one, but actually four policemen and a soldier of the Hungarian army among the protesters. Police and army officials have not confirmed this.

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