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Hungarian secret service agents knew ahead of time which anti-gay activists planned on attacking last weekend’s gay pride march, but didn’t arrest anyone because that would “not be democratic,” according to state secretary Imre Iváncsik. The fifty-seven people who were arrested go to trial today. We don’t have high hopes for justice… [Caboodle]

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jul 8, 2008
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    • l

      I agree with the Hungarian official on this one. In the U.S. we have become used to some very questionable law enforcement practices. For example, the domestic spying on protestors at the Republican convention, the Bush policy of pre-emption, and arresting people for “believing” they are going to have sex with people pretending to be children. In this country we are bending the definition of crime to include thinking bad thoughts. It’s alarming how people just accept it.

      Jul 8, 2008 at 10:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blake


      There’s a difference between spying on legitimate democratic protesters and spying on domestic terrorists! These people were planning on blowing up building with people inside. That is pre-meditated murder.

      Jul 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RPCV

      If the possibility of violence existed, why did the marchers march??? It’s their problem if they got attacked……….

      Jul 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sziv

      Readers might be interested in knowing that the violence which occurred was organized through a website ran by the ultra-right wing Hungarian Nazi Party, http://www.kuruc.info. It called for violent actions against the LGBT community and had a countdown of the hours until the Budapest LGBT Pride Parade.

      This website was hosted by first one, and then another, Texas based Internet Service Providers (ISPs), SoftLayer.com and Layeredtech.com via Databank.com. To their credit once they became aware that the content crossed the line from Freedom of Speech to promoting harm to individuals and resulted in two fire-bombings of LGBT businesses where people were hurt – and that Pride Organizers’ home addresses, phone numbers and photos had been posted with calls for violence, they took the website offline.

      Now Kuruc.info has launched a Freedom of Speech campaign to raise funds and re-establish its attacks on the LGBT community via the internet. Supporters of the ISPs not allowing the perpetration of hate crimes on their servers are encouraged to write letters of appreciation to abuse@softlayer.com, abuse@layeredtech.com and abuse@databank.com.

      On a positive note, the LGBT community in Budapest is launching a brilliant response to the attacks by bringing together a broad based coalition of Civil Organizations to come together in a public demonstration to call for an end to this violence in Hungary. If you would like to support their efforts, donations can be made via PayPal at http://www.budapestpride.hu/donation.php.

      Jul 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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