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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

Budapest Pride – without major incidents

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Left-wing and liberal columnists believe that the mostly peaceful Budapest Pride 2013 walk proved a major success or even a breakthrough for gay rights activists. They find it disappointing, however, that the police showed little zeal to pursue radical protesters who beat up three marchers. READ MORE

Suspect beaten to death

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Left-liberal columnists describe a case in which a suspect was beaten to death during a police interrogation in a theft case as typical of the insensitive and brutal culture of some precincts. READ MORE

Former Budapest police-chief indicted

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

A pro-government commentator welcomes a decision by the Prosecutor’s Office to prosecute former Budapest police chief Péter Gergényi for his involvement in the 2006 riots, but finds it problematic that it took more than six years to bring the case to court. READ MORE

Two weeks of student unrest: a political turning point?

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Left-wing analysts suggest that the student demonstrations of the last two weeks have signalled the beginning of the end for the governing right wing. A conservative pundit suspects that left wing forces are trying to manipulate the student movement. READ MORE

Police brutality footage from 2006

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

A right-wing columnist wonders why the police investigates journalists who identified the policemen beating up protesters during the 2006 riots, instead of prosecuting the violent perpetrators who, she believes, acted on the orders of Ferenc Gyurcsány’s left-wing government. READ MORE

Gyurcsány accused of 2006 police abuses

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Népszabadság believes the report submitted by the Prime Minister to Parliament on the conduct of the police force during the 2006 riots is part of a witch-hunt. The right-wing dailies demand a judicial inquiry into former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány’s responsibility for the “acts of terror” unleashed by police commanders against peaceful citizens. READ MORE