July 9, 2017 / 3:00 AM / in 20 days

Hungarian hard right launches new anti-liberal, racist movement

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Activists attend the launch of a new Hungarian extreme right group, to be called Force and Determination, at a rally in Vecses, Hungary, July 8, 2017. REUTRS/Laszlo Balogh

VECSES, Hungary (Reuters) - Hundreds of Hungarian right-wing militants gathered in a Budapest suburb on Saturday to launch a new political movement they hope will run in next year's parliamentary elections on a ticket that includes open racism.

Hungary's main opposition party, Jobbik, has been moving away from its far-right roots and is staking out a more centrist position. This has created space for new hard-right initiatives.

Three groups held a rally in the suburb of Vecses labelled "unfurling the flag of the far right". Although attendance was limited its leaders have reached a national audience in the media and plan to take part in the 2018 elections.

The movement, to be called Force and Determination, looks to be more radical than any political organisation targeting a serious political role since the fall of Communism, and uses openly racist language to oppose liberalism and immigration.

Balazs Laszlo, one of the movement's leaders, told the crowd of mostly black-clad muscular, tattooed men that Europe showed an ill-conceived tolerance in the face of peril from its existing minorities and the influx of millions more people.

"Tens of millions are added to the ranks of the Arabs, Africans and Gypsies who will show no tolerance once they realise the power that their demographic significance lends them," he said. "Our ethnic community must come first... there is no equality."

Zsolt Tyirityan, a leader of a new Hungarian extreme right group speaks during the launch of their new movement, to be called Force and Determination, at a rally in Vecses, Hungary, July 8, 2017. REUTRS/Laszlo Balogh

Zsolt Tyirityan, another leader of the movement, used the Nazi ideology of Lebensraum, or living space, to paint a stark picture of Europe's present.

"World history is made and lost on population, the fight for living space and the fight to hold on to living space," he said. "Anyone who says different is either delusional or lying. Any way you look at it, the strongest always wins."

An activist attends the new Hungarian extreme right group unfurls the flag of their new movement, to be called Force and Determination, at a rally in Vecses, Hungary, July 8, 2017. REUTRS/Laszlo Balogh?

He added: "I have race awareness. I am proud to be a white European... And I reserve the right to defend that."

Echoing Prime Minister Viktor Orban's frequently touted ideal of an illiberal state, he said:

"We declare war on liberalism. They are our main enemy and we will do everything to destroy their ideals in our public... These people lose their nationality, their race awareness and soon their sexual identity. Such people must be forced out of our living space."

After Tyirityan spoke, a supporter approached him to sign a new copy of Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf.

Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Stephen Powell

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