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Hungary mourns coach crash victims

January 24th, 2017

An independent conservative pundit praises the unanimous expression of compassion for the families of the victims of a tragic coach accident in Northern Italy.

On Friday night, a coach carrying Hungarian high school students and teachers home from a skiing holiday in France crashed and burned out in northern Italy. 16 are reported dead, two individuals are in critical condition after the terrible accident. PM Orbán declared Monday a national day of mourning.

Hungary is mourning the victims of this horrible accident with exemplary unity, Szabolcs Szerető writes in Magyar Nemzet. The conservative columnist appreciates the attitude of the government and acknowledges that the authorities have done all they could to help the families of the victims. Ordinary Hungarians expressed their sympathies in many spontaneous ways, including on social media. Szerető interprets this wave of unity in grief as proof that Hungary can still act as a community, at least in response to such a catastrophe.