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Debate on unruly demonstrators

Friday, April 21st, 2017

A left-wing columnist defends demonstrators who throw paint as public buildings, on the grounds that they ‘have no other means to express their anger.’ A pro-government commentator thinks that everyone has the right to protest but only as long as they obey the law and respect public order. READ MORE

Police accused of abusing migrants

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

A conservative author who doesn’t object in principle to Hungary’s policy of preventing illegal migrants from crossing its borders in their efforts to reach western Europe, warns however that the inhuman treatment of of those who cross the razor-wire fence is absolutely intolerable. READ MORE

Former police chiefs reprimanded over 2006 riots

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Commentators disagree on the sentences handed down to police commanders for mishandling political violence in September 2006. Leftist authors celebrate the ruling as proof that the police were innocent, while conservatives find the blame apportioned astonishingly light. READ MORE

Migrant clash – Hungary as a new Israel?

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

An independent conservative analyst believes the migrants who clashed with Hungary’s security forces used tactics known from Gaza, where Palestinians deliberately put children at risk in their media war against Israel. READ MORE

Government plans to reintroduce border patrols

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Columnists on Left and Right discuss the government’s plan to criminalize illegal border crossing and to deploy special police units in order to patrol the frontiers and keep illegal migrants out. READ MORE

Liberal “Roma prejudice” criticised

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

A conservative author likens a liberal webmagazine to the far right Kuruc.info, as representatives of two opposing but equally prejudiced and one-sided world-views about conflicts between the Roma and the police. READ MORE

Police accused of blaming rape victims

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Echoing the protests of NGOs, a liberal pundit condemns a video released by police to warn teenage girls of the dangers of late night attacks by rapists, and suggests that it will increase the suffering of the victims. A conservative commentator dismisses such accusations as nonsense. READ MORE

Diverging right-wing views on NGO conflict

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
A pro-government commentator believes that the Norwegian government is biased in the NGO scandal and the NGOs defended by it are practically opposition activists. Her conservative colleague does not totally disagree but calls the police performance on Monday “brainless and unacceptable”. READ MORE

Police conduct at Budapest Pride criticized

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Conservative and liberal bloggers alike criticize the way the police secured the fringes of Saturday’s Budapest Pride march and their leniency towards radical counter-demonstrators. READ MORE

Former counter-espionage officer appointed state secretary

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Liberal commentators note that former Communist secret service personnel have never really left Hungarian politics as no government has had the will to get rid of them. Earlier, a leading pro-government pundit and the organisers of the pro-government “peace marches” called for the removal of the newly appointed state secretary from the Interior Ministry. READ MORE