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May-day obituary

Friday, May 21st, 2021

A left-wing author complains about the disappearance of the workers’ movement in Hungary, after Mayday was not celebrated this year – for the first time since World War II. READ MORE

Mayday: are communist symbols acceptable?

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

A left wing weekly writes that communist symbols pose minimal danger and the ban on them is based on a myth, invented by the Hungarian right to silence their left- wing rivals, namely that Communism and Nazism were equally destructive regimes. A centre-right weekly objects that there are billions still living under repressive communist regimes around the world, while Nazism was annihilated once and for all almost seventy years ago. READ MORE

In defence of the red star ban

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Four days after the Constitutional Court lifted the ban on totalitarian symbols, the main pro-government daily argues that such decisions do not help top deter the younger generation from inhuman ideologies. READ MORE

Red star ban scrapped

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Mandiner’s commentator welcomes the ruling of the Constitutional Court which has lifted the ban on totalitarian symbols, and regrets the likelihood that Parliament will re-impose it, before the ruling comes into force. READ MORE

Hungary defies red star verdict

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Magyar Hírlap welcomes a decision by the Hungarian government to disregard a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in favour of a Communist party official, who was found guilty in Hungary of wearing a (banned) red star symbol in public. READ MORE

Strasbourg red star ruling stirs emotions

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Conservative and liberal commentators ponder whether the European Court of Human Rights was correct to rule that Hungary violated the principle of free speech when it banned the red star symbol. READ MORE