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27th May 2019

Hungarian police remove symbols of tyranny

One and a half weeks ahead of the EU poll the Hungarian police removed posters portraying a swastika, a red star and the EU emblem. Leaders of the Hungarian EU-critical movement who are believed to have disseminated the placards left their headquarter detained by police.

The tiny critical organization Szabad Magyarorszáért Mozgalom, (Movement for a Free Hungary) disseminated its posters, with two hands clutching each other near the swastika and the red star while another hand with an EU emblem on its shirt sleeve waits for another hand shake. The caption on the poster says – "You can vote with a NO too".

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The police arrived at the movement's office and confiscated 9 000 posters. György Budaházi, the movement leader after having an altercation with the policemen was taken away with handcuffs and detained.

The reason for the police action was a charge that the posters contain forbidden symbols of Nazi and Soviet autocracy.

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