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A European incident: the 2009 murder of Roma people in Hungary


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© Amnesty International, Another murder in Tatárszentgyörgy (Hungary). The house where Róbert Cs. and his 5 year old son were killed February 23, 2009. They were met by gunfire as they fled their home after an arson attack.

In 2009, in the night between August 2 and 3, a Roma woman, Mária Balog, was shot dead in her home in Kisleta, Hungary, and her 13-year-old daughter was injured.
It was the latest in a series of murders of Hungarian nationals of Roma ethnicity, including a 4-year-old boy.
In depth.

In recent years, anti-Gypsy feeling has dramatically increased in Hungary. The popularity of “Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom” (“Movement for a better Hungary”, commonly known as “Jobbik”), a far-right political party with a strong anti-Roma component and increasingly anti-Semitic elements, is of particular concern. The party even won three seats in the EU Parliament election in June 2009. “Jobbik” professes to fight “the enemies of the fatherland” (Gypsies, homosexuals and socialists). It was created in 2003 as a successor to the Hungarian Justice and Life Party, and has close connections with the controversial “Hungarian Guard”, disbanded in 2009 by order of Hungarian law courts due to its “repeated intimidatory actions and discrimination against Hungarian Roma people”.