October 23, 2019

Hungarian fascists attacked a Jewish community center in Budapest

Source: vice

Budapest A mob of about 50 far-right radicals attacked a Jewish community center in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday, tearing down and burning a rainbow flag before covering the building with neo-fascist slogans.

But the incident was just the latest in a series of far-right stunts targeting Aurora, which receives funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and acts as a hub for NGOs representing minority groups, including the LGBTQ community, Roma and refugees.

Csontos said he believed the Hungarian government’s smear campaign against Soros and his philanthropic work had helped pave the way for the far-right attacks on the center.

The Aurora community center was closed when it was targeted by members of the ultranationalist Legio Hungaria group, and no one was hurt, according to Adam Schönberger, director of Marom Budapest, the Jewish youth group that runs the center.
Last month about a dozen radicals they threw a dead rat into the building during an LGBTQ event and then loitered outside harassing people, Csaba Csontos, spokesman for Open Society Foundations, told VICE News.

“These groups felt authorized to act, partly because the place was so stigmatized,” he said.