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Far-right rally in Hungary amid renewed tensions with Roma

May 21, 2019
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Laszlo Toroczkai, President of the Hungarian far-right party Mi Hazank Mozgalom (Our Homeland Movement) speaks during a demonstration in Torokszentmiklos, Hungary, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. A small far-right party held a rally in the rural Hungarian city, exploiting renewed tensions with some of the local Roma population. About 400 people attended the rally by Our Homeland Movement but a plan to march through the city's Roma areas hasn't been allowed by police. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

TOROSZENTMIKLOS, Hungary (AP) — A small far-right party has held a rally in a rural Hungarian city, exploiting renewed tensions with some of the local Roma population.

About 400 people attended Tuesday evening’s rally by Our Homeland Movement in the east-central city of Torokszentmiklos, but a plan to march through the city’s Roma areas wasn’t allowed by police.

In his speech, party leader Laszlo Toroczkai evoked the Hungarian Guard, a vigilante group disbanded by a court ruling in 2009, saying that the problems in Hungary — like alleged crimes by Roma — that had led to its creation had only gotten worse since.

Nearby, about 200 Roma commemorated the victims of a series of Roma killings a decade ago and two other groups also held small protests against the far-right event.

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