As a liberal it was tough to pretend to be a radical racist to get an insight of the Hungarian far-right party, Jobbik. But I managed it. From 2011 I was a contact for the party and I helped to organize the web campaign.
Now it’s over. So let’s see what I found out about Jobbik:
First of all they say ’we are not a racist’ party. Well, it’s true if you are in the background for instance as an LGBTI person. But get false when we are talking about public events. You are not welcome in the party or its events.
Far-Right Party? Populist. Talking about what people want to hear. This party may have a strong base but that’s all. They are racist, anti-semitic and partly insane. Have a youth platform called Jobbik IT and a puppet moved by the party from the shadows, the Uj Magyar Garda. Legally they are not connected, but in the background they are. Just as it was in the beginning with the Magyar Garda, though that time it was publicly affiliated with the party. After it was disbanded by the Constitutional Court the Uj Magyar Garda was born but without connections to the party, but of course everyone knows: birds of a feather.
Voters, mostly the uneducated, the youth and a small fraction of the elderly are supporting them because they hear what they want: Jews controlling the country, Gypsies (Roma) are going to outnumber ’us’ in own country, they are parasites, ’we’ are the ones who feed them and give them ’our taxpayers’ money and a bunch of support. They are untouchable. Same old anti-semitic, racist propaganda.
But in one thing I must give credit to the Jobbik: criminality. They are absolutely right – well, almost. Criminality is a widespread problem in Hungary and weirdly the laws protects the criminals instead of the victims. And this is not right. Jobbik is the only party who actually tries to do something about that. Of course the FIDESZ-KDNP led Parliament and Government makes steps – phantom actions. Nothing really changes.
And people are fed up. For instance, in a little village, where I live, burglary happens on a daily base and the police cannot do anything. The laws protect the criminals. And it’s not fair. The law must be on our side, on the side of the citizens and the law enforcement to let them protect the citizens. And the citizens are getting fed up and angry and they are absolutely right. But doing it by ‘your laws’ and racism, radicalism is not a solution.
So in this one Jobbik is absolutely right. Except one thing: They created a new category: gypsy criminality.
Now, this is insane. You cannot stigmatize an ethnic group with such a lable. It’s pure racism when you say there are crimes which commited by one single ethnic group.
A criminal is a criminal. And there are good and bad people. This is my point of view.
Otherwise I give a half point to the Jobbik. Because, sadly, it’s true that lots of crimes committed by the gypsy community but not as a whole. And of course that’s not right.
But what happened here? Of course it’s the fault of the Hungarian Governments. Every single one since 1990. For an unknown reason (probably it was easier that way) they didn’t care about the Romas’ integration. Now we lost more than 21 years to integrate the Romas’ into the society. But we must do it, just like the United States did with the African-American community. And with that they prevented those I mentioned above. Okay, it’s not that simple and not a total solution and needed at least 100 years for the US, but for the sake of our country, for our citizens, and to prevent the further radicalization of the country we must start it as soon as possible.
Some say that they don’t want to be the members of the main society. Partly agree, but this is ’our’ fault. As the years passed the Roma community got more and more separated from the society, mostly uneducated, poor and unemployed, also created their own laws and rules.
The solution? Integration. The governments’ proudly talked about integration and what Hungary achieved in this question (you can see how much changes happened) , now it’s time to act not just talk.
And what about Jobbik and their friends? Well, if I’m not mistaken, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel banned the neo-nazi party from the Bundestag.