Intellectuals Against the Hungarian Guard

Upon the initiation of the HCLU, more than 150 intellectuals have signed the declaration against the anti-roma marches of the Hungarian Guard. We believe, that through their fear-evoking, hate-raising and possibly violent actions, the Hungarian Guard have crossed a line. Therefore, the HCLU welcomes the legal actions of the Capitol High Prosecutor’s Office, by which they plan to take steps against this extreme group.

The Declaration isn’t just about the necessary legal actions that must take place, but is also about the demand of the signatories, that all citizens and organizations respecting democratic values should not, under any circumstance co-operate with this group, that has no regard for the Freedom of Assembly and disrespects the rights of others.


We, the undersigned expressly object to the Hungarian Guard’s fear-evoking, anti-roma movements. With their violence-threatening operations, they have crossed the constitutional boundaries of political freedoms. We firmly believe, that groups inclined to kick over the state’s force-monopoly and which have no respect for the right to equal dignity and which reject the equal rights of citizens have no place in a democracy or any democratic political community. A joint stand against racism is the responsibility of all democratic power, therefore all democratic political parties and politicians, public figures, religious leaders and citizens respecting democratic values should not co-operate in any form with the extreme right-wing and are also obligated to withstand from manipulating with fear out of political interest. We are convinced, that the answer to real social conflicts does not lie in segregation, but in social-policies based on solidarity and the absolute respect of the right to dignity for all. By its actions, the Hungarian Guard have proved to have formed not for the reasond laid down in their statutes, but to raise fear and to threaten with violence. We demand, that the competent authorities immediately take all necessary action against the Hungarian Guard!

Budapest, December 19th, 2007

Almási Miklós, professor emeritus
Almássy Tamás, economist
Ara-Kovács Attila, foreign policy expert
Ámon Henriette, head of administration
Baltay Levente, lawyer, HCLU
Bartha Csilla, linguist, university professor
Bálint Anna, university student
Bán Zsófia, writer, critic
Bárány Tibor, philosopher, critic
Bárdos-Deák Ági, organizer, musician
Bencsik János, Mayor, Tatabánya
Bircsák Eszter, art-historian, curator
Bíró András, philanthropist, Alternatíve Nobel Prize winner
Boda Zsolt, economist, spokesman for Protect the Future
Bodolai László, lawyer
Bodor Anikó, artist
Bodorkós Barbara, economist
Borbély Szilárd, poet
Bozóki András, political expert
Bódis Kriszta, writer, documentary film-maker
Böröcz József, social researcher
Bruzsa Katalin, accountant
Csapody Tamás, jurist, sociologist
Csáki Judit, critic
Csáki Roland, environmentalist
Csillag Gábor, cultural anthropologist, Hungarian Youg Greens
Daróczi Anikó, literary historian, teacher, literary translator
Darvas Béla, scientific advisor, university professor
Dezső Linda, psychologist
Dénes Balázs, President of HCLU
Drucker Tibor, retired
Elek István, public-writer
Eörsi László, historian
Erős Ferenc, psychologist
Esterházy Péter, writer
Érsek-Obádovics Nándor, politology student
Farkas Attila Márton, cultural-anthropologer, college professor
Farkas István, environmentalist, President of MTVSZ
Fazekas Tamás, lawyer, HCLU
Fodor István, Ex-president of the Parliament
Fodor Márk, philanthropist
Földes Ádám, jurist, HCLU
Fridli Judit, philanthropist
Gál Anikó, financial assistant, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Gáspár Zsuzsa
Gelencsér Gábor, filmaesthete
Gervai Judit, academic associate
György Péter, aesthete
Gyulai Gábor, program coordinator, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Hajós Gabriella
Herczog Mária, sociologist
Hont András, historian
Horváth Ágnes, college professor
Illés Zoltán, university professor, environment politician
Iván Júlia, jurist, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Jávor Benedek, biologist, spokesman for Protect the Future
Jávor István, film-maker, Fekete Doboz Foundation
Johnné P. Erzsébet, electric-engineer
Jovánovics Eszter
Jovánovics György
Juhász Péter, spokesman, Hempseed Association
Kalas György, jurist
Kádár András Kristóf, President of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Kálmán C. György, literary historian
Kende János, director of photography, university professor
Kilián Zoltán, musician, Korai Öröm
Kis János, philosopher
Kiss András, Anti-media Group
Kovács András Bálint, university professor
Kovács Miklós
Kóczé Angéla, sociologist
Kőnig Edit, legal adviser
Kőrösi Zoltán, writer
Kőszeg Ferenc, Founding President of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Kricsfalvi Péter, doctor
Lángh Júlia, journalist
Lévai Júlia, editor-publicist
Ligetvári Ferenc, university professor, Ex-minister of Environment and Water
Magács László, Merlin Theatre
Malgot István, writer, artist
Magony Tünde, Secretary of the Hungarian Organization of Jewish Deaf
Maróy Ákos, software artist
Máté-Tóth András, theologist, head of university department
Mentes Endre, producer
Mérei Anna
Mészáros Attila, environmental engineer-economist, Green Eye Association, Kaposvár
Mészáros Zsuzsanna, community developer
Misetics Bálint, university student, Man of the Street
Mohamed Sophia Gamal, student
Moldova Zsófia, jurist, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Molnár Antal, President of the Green Club, Hajdúböszörmény
Molnár Péter, Freedom of Speech jurist
Nemes Attila, art historian
Neményi Mária, sociologist
Noszkai Gábor, jurist
Novák Attila, historian
Nyerges Gábor, mathematician
Nyiri Pál
Orbán Júlia, economist
Orosz István, essayist
Örkény Antal, sociologist
Pardavi Márta, President of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Parti-Nagy Lajos, writer
Pánovics Attila, jurist, Green Club of Pécs
Pelle Andrea, lawyer
Pécsi Katalin, literary historian
Péterfi Ferenc, community developer
Pintér Judit, translator
Pozsár-Szentmiklósi Zoltán, jurist
Pünkösti Árpád, writer, journalist
Radnóti Sándor, university professor
Rauschenberger Péter, philosophy professor, Protect the Future
Réti Péter, production student
Révész Sándor, journalist
Schein Gábor, writer
Scheiring Gábor, economy-sociologist, Protect the Future
Schiffer András, lawyer
Simon Anna, Hungarian teacher
Somlai Péter, sociologist
Sonnevend Júlia, aesthete
Standeisky Éva, historian
Sugár János, artist
Surányi Anna, university student
Surányi László, teacher
Sükösd Miklós, political expert
Sz. Bíró Zoltán, historian
Szalai Erzsébet, sociologist
Szalai Júlia, sociologist
Szántó T. Gábor, writer
Szegő Dóra, sociologist
Szegő János, literary critic
Szentpéteri Márton, literary historian
Szikra Dorottya, social politician
Szilágyi Lenke, photographer, associate of Beszélő
Szilágyiné A.M. Luz Ilia, community developer, Puszta Radio
Szombati Kristóf, sociologist, Protect the Future
Szőke György, literary historian
Szőnyi Andrea, teacher, Zachor Foundation
Szüts Miklós, artist
Tamás Ferenc, teacher, writer
Tamás Gáspár Miklós, scientific researcher, university instructor
Térey János, writer
Tillmann J. A., philosopher
Tóth Balázs, jurist, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Törő Csaba, businessman
Vajda Mihály, professor emeritus
Varga Máté, Civil Kollégium Alapítvány
Vay Márton, instructor, Protect the Future
Várady Tibor, juris, Human Movement
Vári György, critic
Vásárhelyi Judit, teacher
Vercseg Ilona, community developer
Vojnich Erzsébet, artist
Weisz Júlia, doctor
Winkler Ferenc, businessman
Zorándy Sára, student



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