Thousands of Hungarians join protest march against anti-Semitism

Thousands of Hungarians join protest march against anti-Semitism
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Hungary’s annual “March of the Living” – a rally to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day – was well attended on Sunday against a background of what some see as a rise in anti-Semitism.

Three weeks ago the far-right Jobbik party won nearly a quarter of votes cast in the general election.

Sunday’s march included the inauguration of a Holocaust monument at the place where Jews were executed during World War II.

Those taking part in the march included some whose ancestors were Nazi sympathisers . One man said they were there to make a sign against a renewal of anti- Semitism.

Jobbik denies being anti-semitic but does little to dispel its reputation for intolerance.

Our reporter Andrea Hajagos said: “The March of the Living is organised every year in the capital but this time perhaps it is more poignant coming on the 70th anniversary of when the Nazis occupied Hungary. However the relationship between today’s Hungarian government and Jewish organisations is at its lowest point for decades and now more than 20% of voters have backed a party which does not condemn anti-Semitic acts.”

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