Hungary: in Budapest, “antifas” and neo-Nazis face each other

Hundreds of anti-fascist activists from across Europe gathered in Budapest on Saturday to oppose the annual “Day of Honor” commemoration organized by far-right groups.
Denes Erdos/AP

This Saturday, the Hungarian capital became, like every year, the scene of a memorial clash.

Like every weekend of February 11, it was transformed into a memorial battleground between neo-Nazis and anti-fascists from all over Europe. Saturday morning, anti-fascist organizations gathered on the banks of the Danube, at the Shoe Memorial dedicated to the Jewish victims shot and thrown into the river by the Arrow Cross, Hungarian pro-Nazis. “I am German Jewish. Many members of my family, originally from Poland, were killed in Auschwitz. It is our duty to stand up against the resurgence of the extreme right which we are witnessing almost everywhere in Europe”testifies Rahel, a woman in her fifties from Vienna. “I also want to go see with my own eyes these people in German uniforms who come to reenact the Second World War…”.

On the other side of the Danube, a good thousand people gathered in the castle district to “commemorate the Hungarian and German soldiers who heroically defended…

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