Jobbik rally against World Jewish Congress in Budapest

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Hungary's far-right Jobbik party has staged a rally in central Budapest in protest at the capital's hosting of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Sunday, BBC News reported. Several hundred supporters took part, despite attempts by the government to prevent it going ahead. Jobbik said the rally was a protest against what it said was a Jewish attempt to buy up Hungary. The event in Budapest on Saturday was billed as a tribute to what organisers called the victims of Bolshevism and Zionism. "The Israeli conquerors, these investors, should look for another country in the world for themselves because Hungary is not for sale," party chairman Gábor Vona told the rally, according to Reuters. Márton Gyöngyösi said Hungary had "become subjugated to Zionism, it has become a target of colonisation while we, the indigenous people, can play only the role of extras". Last year, Gyöngyösi had sparked outrage by saying all government officials of Jewish origin should be officially listed, as they might be a "national security risk". Some of those taking part in the rally were wearing the black uniform of Jobbik's banned paramilitary wing, the Hungary Guard, which has been accused of vigilante action against Roma (Gypsy) communities. The WJC usually hosts its assembly in Jerusalem, but has chosen Hungary this year to highlight what it says is growing anti-Semitism in Europe.

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