Hungarian justice minister vows to stamp out nationalist group

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Budapest - Hungary will use all means at its disposal to stop operations of the Hungarian Guard, an illegal nationalist paramilitary group, the country's justice minister said Thursday. "For individuals to openly defy a ruling from the courts that represent the state, furthermore with the explicit support of a party that aspires to parliament, is unprecedented" Justice Minister Tibor Draskovics said in an interview with daily newspaper Nepszabadsag.

The Hungarian Guard is a paramilitary group set up by the nationalist party Jobbik in 2007. The party, which has three members in the European Parliament, relaunched the Guard on Saturday at a rally in central Budapest, in defiance of a court order.

The minister said that the state would respond in an equally unprecedented way to "force the restoration of law and order."

"What the courts ruled cannot operate, will not operate," Draskovics said.

On July 2, the Budapest Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that the group had violated the human rights of Roma villagers during a rally as part of its self-style campaign against "Gypsy crime."

Csanad Szegedi, 26, a Jobbik Member and European Parliament member, wore the Guard's uniform at the inaugural session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Opponents say the organization's black-and-white uniform and insignia is reminiscent of the Second World War Hungarian fascist party, the Arrow Cross. continues here

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