Budapest court finds billboard defacers innocent

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The Central Court of Pest County called off the proceedings in the case of two young individuals who defaced an anti-immigrant billboards installed by the Hungarian government, and then turned themselves in at Budapestʼs District 6 police station, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported.

According to the daily, the vandalism of the billboard constitutes an “expression of opinion”, given that the two individuals in question referred to their act as a “political message”, and voluntarily took responsibility for their actions by turning themselves in.

The Hungarian government launched a billboard campaign at the beginning of June with the expressed intention of sending messages in Hungarian to immigrants who arrive in the country. It soon sparked a “billboard war” resulting in mock Hungarian party, Two-tailed Dog Party (MKKP) launching a crowdfunded counter-campaign. MKKP leader Gergely Kovács recently said that the party is considering running in the 2018 elections.

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