Athena Institute Investigations

Magyar

New Hungarian Guard

  • Original name: Új Magyar Gárda
  • Year of formation: 2009
  • Presumed No. of members: 200
  • Presumed seat: Budapest
  • Presumed leader(s): István Mészáros, Henrik Ferenczi
  • Ideology: racist extremism
  • Threat level: 4
  • Active/Inactive: Active


Last updated: 07. 07. 2014.

After the courts had disbanded and banned the original Hungarian Guard, the New Hungarian Guard was established almost immediately, which is still one of the biggest and most influential extremist groups in Hungary. The organisation works together with a parliamentary party, under said party’s control. The NHG follows a far-right racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic ideology. Just like its predecessor, the group continues to carry out permanent hostile propaganda campaigns against the Hungarian Roma and Jewish communities. They often carry out intimidation and propaganda campaigns, such as the anti-Roma hate campaign at Gyöngyöspata in 2011 that lasted for more than a month. The group still uses the catchphrase “Gypsy criminality (Gypsy crime)” to gain popularity amongst the general public, amplifying it with a new expression: “Gypsy terror”. The actions of the New Hungarian Guard are aimed at the redefinition of socioeconomic problems to security and ethnic issues. They question the state’s monopoly of violence and erode the citizens’ trust in the state via their actions.

In early July, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action with the participation of the leader of a parliamentary party. During the propaganda action the members of the group received training too.

In early July, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In mid-June, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard, the New Hungarian Guard and other extremist groups participated in a propaganda action in Budapest.

In late May, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Nagykanizsa.

In late May, 2014, a parliamentary party and the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a joint propaganda action in Somogy County.

In late May, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard held a military-like training in the Matra.

In mid-May, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Somogybabod, Kaposvár and Mike.

In late April and early May, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a five-day-long propaganda action between Eger and Budapest that was joined by a parliamentary party.

In mid-March, 2014, the SWAT police expelled Béla Mikola, the leader of the New Hungarian Guard's „Szekler Platoon”. From Romania.

In mid-March, 2014, the National Election Committee suspended the immunity of István Mészáros, leader of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group. The prosecutor's office suspects Mészáros to have committed the felony of 'abusing the freedom of assembly'.

In mid-March, 2013, the Kalocsa prosecutor's office passed a resolution that essentially states that the New Hungarian Guard is fundamentally identical to the original Hungarian Guard. Based on this resolution the prosecutor's office suspects the two leaders of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group, István Mészáros and Henrik Ferenczi, of having committed the felony of 'abusing the freedom of assembly'. The situation is complicated by the fact that István Mészáros is running as a candidate of a parliamentary party in the coming general elections and therefore he enjoys immunity. This immunity can only be suspended by the National Election Committee if the authorities propose such suspension.

In mid-March, 2014, the Romanian authorities proposed a ban that would bar the leaders and certain members of some Hungarian extremist groups (New Hungarian Guard, Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, Outlaws' Army) and a parliamentary party from entering the country.

In mid-February, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action, called the „day of the gendarmerie” in Kisberzseny.

In early February, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Püspökladány.

In early February, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Bakonycsernye.

In early January, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the National Protection Force and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Pákozd.

In late December, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action in Somogy County.

In early December, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Roma community.

In late November, 2013, a parliamentary party and the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a joint anti-Roma propaganda action at Kaba.

In mid-November, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the National Protection Force carried out a joint propaganda action at Kenderes.

In mid-November, 2013, a parliamentary party, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Hungarian National Guard and the National Protection Force carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In early November, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard is carrying out an anti-immigrant propaganda campaign.

In late October, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out propaganda actions at Dunaújváros, Debrecen and Budapest, exploiting the memory of the 1956 revolution.

In late October, 2013, a parliamentary party „awarded a medal” to István Mészáros, leader of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group.

In late October, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Outlaws' Army and the Pax Hungarica carried out a joint propaganda action at Székesfehérvár.

In late October, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Hungarian National Guard and other extremist groups carried out propaganda actions in Romania, exploiting a demonstration, which was called the Great March of the Szekler (Székely).

In late October, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard and the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In late October, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest, exploiting the memory of the 1956 revolution.

In mid-October, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint anti-Roma propaganda action at Olaszliszka.

In mid-October, 2013, a parliamentary party and the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action at Eger, Kaposvár and Nyíregyháza.

In mid-October, 2013, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Târgu Mureș (Marosvásárhely), Romania.

In early October, 2013, a parliamentary party and the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action at Soroksár. Several members of the extremist group wore uniforms similar to the banned Hungarian Guard uniforms, the police, however, did not intervene.

In late September, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Outlaws' Army and a parliamentary party carried out a hostile propaganda action against the Hungarian Roma community at Németkér.

In mid-September, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a hostile propaganda action against asylum seekers at Győr and Vámosszabadi.

In mid-September, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Székesfehérvár.

In mid-September, 2013, a parliamentary party and the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action at Vámospércs.

In early September, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Soporon.

In early August, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Sarkad, during which they commemorated the alleged war criminal, Sándor Képíró.

In late August, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In late August, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a palriamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Akasztó, during which they intitiated new members into the extremist group. The NHG carried out another similar action later in Budapest.

In early August, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard appointed new “gendarmes”, continuing to pose in the role of the Hungarian authorities.

In late July, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard held a military-like training at Nagymágocs.

In mid-July, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In late June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard held a military-like training and carried out a propaganda action.

In late June, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the Outlaws’ Army, the Sixty-four Counties Youth movement and a parliamentary party carried out an anti-Roma propaganda action at Karcag.

In late June, 2013, a parliamentary party and the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action at Debrecen.

In mid-June, 2013, the New Hungarian guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint anti-immigrant propaganda action in Debrecen.

In mid-June, 2013, a parliamentary party, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and the National Protection Force carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Nagyatád.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Kaba.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, carried out propaganda actions in Solt, Baja, Neszmély, Dunaalmás, Vác, Verőce, Kismaros, Szigetszentmiklós, Tahitótfalu és Dunabogdány, exploiting the floods.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action, aimed at children, in Tatabánya.

In early June, 2013, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Târgu Mureș (Marosvásárhely), Romania.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Csókakő.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the Hungarian National Guard are carrying out propaganda actions all over the country, exploiting the floods.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard is trying to pose in the role of the Hungarian authorities at Neszmély, exploiting the floods.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out propaganda actions at Abasár, Gyöngyös, Székesfehérvár and Siklós.

In late May, 2013, a parliamentary party and the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action in Dunaújváros, aimed at children.

In late May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Szombathely.

In late May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action in Baranya County.

In late May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard held a military-like drill and weapons training near Kecskemét and in Hajdú-Bihar County.

In late May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action in Sângeorgiu de Pădure (Erdőszentgyörgy), Romania.

In mid-May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Debrecen.

In mid-May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group is trying to recruit new members in Transylvania.

In mid-May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action with a parliamentary party at Devecser.

In mid-May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group is trying to recruit new members all over the country.

In early May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action with a parliamentary party at Vaskút.

In early May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action in Oroszlány, during which the extremists tried again to pose in the role of the Hungarian authorities.

In early May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard recruited new members during a programme of a parliamentary party, in Budapest.

In early May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the Hungarian National Guard, other extremist groups and a parliamentary party carried out a hostile propaganda action in Budapest, against the Jewish community.

In early May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard held a drill for the extremist members of the organisation in Eger.

In late April, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Nyíregyháza.

At the end of April, 2013, the extremist members of the New Hungarian Guard – exploiting the floods – are trying again to pose in the role of the Hungarian authorities and vindicate some of their responsibilities for the organisation.

At the end of April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard held a military-like training for the extremist members of the organisation.

At the end of April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Outlaws’ Army, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Hajdúhadház.

In late April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Kaposvár.

In mid-April, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, The Hungarian National Guard, the Outlaws’ Army, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Cegléd.

In mid-April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Nádudvar, together with a member of a parliamentary party, who is also a member of the National Protection Force.

In mid-April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Dunaújváros and Heves.

In early April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action in a children’s home in Szátok.

In early April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, exploiting the floods, carried out propaganda actions, all over the country.

In early April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the National Protection Force carried out an anti-Roma propaganda action at Bodaszőlő.

In early April, 2013, several extremist groups: the Conscience 88, the Pax Hungarica, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a hostile propaganda action against the Hungarian Jewsih community in Tiszaeszlár at Eszter Solymosi’s “grave”.

In early April, 2013, the central webpage of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group has been offline for almost a week.

In late March, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action in a school at Jánoshalma.

In late March, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out propaganda actions at Újsolt and Dévaványa.

In late March, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint - anti-Roma - propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard at Monor.

In late March, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Marcali.

In late March, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and other extremist groups carried out propaganda actions at Budapest and Kaposvár, exploiting the Hungary-Romania football match.

In mid-March, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out joint propaganda actions with the New Hungarian Guard all across the country.

In mid-March, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Kamenný Most (Kőhídgyarmat), Slovakia.

In early March, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement participated in a propaganda action at Târgu Mureș (Marosvásárhely), Romania.

In early March, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard and the Hungarian National Guard extremist groups at Budapest.

In early March, 2013, a parliamentary party opened a new office in Dunaújváros where they also provide office space for the New Hungarian Guard and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement extremist groups.

In the beginning of March, 2013, after a long interim period, István Mészáros and Henrik Ferenczi became the new leaders of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group.

At the end of February, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard extremist group at Debrecen.

At the end of February, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement at Eger and Gyöngyös.

In the beginning of March, 2013, a parliamentary party, joined by the New Hungarian Guard and other extremist groups, carried out a propaganda action at Konyár.

In late February, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard at Székesfehérvár.

In late February, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action together with the New Hungarian Guard.

In mid-February, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Püspökladány.

In mid-February, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Tüskevár.

In mid-February, 2013, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Outlaws’ Army, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Székesfehérvár.

In mid-February, 2103, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard at Kisberzseny.

In mid-February, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Győrasszonyfa.

The day of „honour” – on 11th February 1945, the Hungarian and German soldiers defending Budapest attempted a breakout from the capital besieged by the Soviet army. The active extremist groups in Hungary – together with their foreign counterparts – try to use this historic event to organise an annual neo-Nazi propaganda demonstration of force. Their main goal however, is to arouse the media’s attention. On the 2nd weekend of February, 2013, the Blood and Honour Hungary, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the New Hungarian Guard, both wings of the Hungarian National Front and the Pax Hungarica extremist groups organise this propaganda action which will be joined by foreign extremist groups and the representatives of the German NFP party. The event was acknowledged by the police. Details can be found on the HGM.

At the end of January, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out an intimidating hostile propaganda action at Akasztó against the local Roma community.

At the end of January, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard extremist Group at Kecskemét.

In late January, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out another hostile propaganda action against the local Roma community.

In mid-January 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action together with the New Hungarian Guard extremist group at Kaba.

In mid-January 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action together with the National Protection Force and the New Hungarian Guard at Nádudvar.

In mid-January 2013, after the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, several other extremist groups joined the hostile anti-Roma propaganda campaign of a parliamentary party at Miskolc, through which they try to block the establishment of a Roma cultural centre, further inciting the ethnic tensions amongst the locals. The campaign was joined by the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and the National Protection Force. Afterwards, the extremist members of the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out a separate hostile propaganda action against the local police.

In mid-January 2013, a parliamentary party signed a declaration of cooperation with several extremist groups in Debrecen. The groups are: the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement. 

In mid-January 2013, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action in Békés County.

In early January 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence extremist groups joined the hostile propaganda action of a parliamentary party against the Hungarian Roma Community that took place at Szigethalom.

In early January 2013, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Pákozd.

In the beginning of January 2013, a member of the New Hungarian Guard stated in a Swedish documentary that they will soon have to resort to violence, because „the Jews will occupy Hungary”.

At the end of December 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Baja.

At the end of December 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard carried out a propaganda action at Békéscsaba.

At the end of December 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Dévaványa.

At the end of December 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action in Somogy County.

At the end of December 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action in Baranya County.

In mid-December 2012, a parliamentary party, together with the New Hungarian Guard, the Outlaws’ Army and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement extremist groups, carried out a propaganda action in the Ukraine.

In mid-December 2012, a parliamentary party, together with the New Hungarian guard and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement extremist groups, carried out a propaganda action at Székesfehérvár.

In December 2012, a parliamentary party carried out multiple joint propaganda actions at Eger, together with the New Hungarian Guard.

In mid-December 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Orosháza.

In early December 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Debrecen.

In early December 2012, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard extremist group at Kaposvár.

In early December 2012, a parliamentary party together with the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Dunaújváros.

In early December 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Săcueni (Székelyhíd), Romania.

In early December 2012, the Hungarian National Guard, together with the For a Better Future Civil Guard and other extremist groups, held a propaganda event in Budapest. During the event they spread hostile propaganda against the Hungarian Roma and Jewish communities.

In early December 2012, a parliamentary party together with the New Hungarian Guard and the National Protection Force extremist groups carried out a propaganda action at Mikepércs.

In early December 2012, a parliamentary party together with the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Vámospércs.

At the beginning of December 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group is trying to recruit new members in Nógrád County.

At the beginning of December 2012, the police arrested 14 members of the For a Better Future Civil Guard for performing unlawful public security activity in Miskolc.

In late November 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard established a new unit in Várpalota.

At the end of November 2012, after the local president of a parliamentary party called for it, the local unit of the For a Better Future Civil Guard has been established at Miskolc and they carried out a propaganda action at the Avas.

At the end of November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group held a military-like drill for the members of the organisation.

At the end of November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard together with a parliamentary party and other extremist groups carried out a propaganda action at Debrecen-Józsa.

In late November 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard (New Hungarian Guard) carried out propaganda actions at Pécs and Jánosháza.

In late November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Dabas.

In late November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group, that has close ties to a parliamentary party, is carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the police, in which they threaten the officers that “the Guard is watching them” and when the country will be governed by a nationalist government “they won’t just be made to retire, but sent someplace else”.

In late November 2012, the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County vice-president of a parliamentary party called upon the locals to establish For a Better Future Civil Guard (NHG) units in Miskolc.

In late November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard joined the propaganda action of a parliamentary party in Budapest, in front of the Israeli Embassy. Even though many of the extremists were wearing the banned uniform of the Hungarian Guard, the authorities did not take measures against them besides asking them to turn their jackets inside-out so the lion on their backs could not be seen.

In mid-November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard, together with other extremist groups, carried out a propaganda action at Debrecen.

In mid-November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard participated in the propaganda action of a parliamentary party in Budapest, on the anniversary of Miklós Horthy’s march into Budapest.

In mid-November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group, together with other organisations, carried out a propaganda action at Kenderes on the anniversary of Miklós Horthy’s march into Budapest.

In mid-November 2012, a parliamentary party, together with the New Hungarian Guard extremist group, carried out a propaganda action at Kaposvár.

At the beginning of November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group participated in the propaganda action of a parliamentary party in Budapest.

At the end of October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group was allowed to participate in official state commemorations of the 1956 revolution together with the representatives of the police and other authorities at several settlements in Heves County; whilst the members of the organisation were wearing the uniform of the banned Hungarian Guard.

At the end of October and the beginning of November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out propaganda actions at Dunaújváros, Debrecen, Debrecen-Józsa, Püspökladány and Kaposvár, on the anniversaries of the 1956 revolution’s outbreak and suppression.

At the beginning of November 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard (New Hungarian Guard) opened an office in Pest County.

At the beginning of November 2012, the New Hungarian Guard joined a parliamentary party’s propaganda action at Eger on the anniversary of the 1956 revolution’s suppression.

Hungarian police detained a member of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group in late October, 2012, in Nádudvard, a town in North-Eastern Hungary as she participated in the local campaign of a parliamentary party. The authorities charged the woman with „participating in the activities of a banned organization”.

At the end of October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Székesfehérvár, and joined a parliamentary party’s local commemoration of the 1956 revolution.

At the end of October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out propaganda actions at Debrecen and Földes.

At the end of October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group joined a parliamentary party’s commemoration of the 1956 revolution. The extremists were wearing uniforms and stood in formation.

In mid-October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard and the Hungarian National Guard extremist groups both joined a parliamentary party’s propaganda action against the Hungarian Roma community at Miskolc. The extremists joined the manifestation in formation, wearing uniforms. The police charged four people with the minor offence of “participation in the activities of a dissolved civic association”; otherwise the authorities did not intervene.

In mid-October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard is trying to recruit new members in Hajdú-Bihar County.

At the beginning of October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Debrecen.

At the beginning of October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist groups carried out a propaganda action at Székesfehérvár.

At the beginning of October 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard (New Hungarian Guard) carried out two propaganda actions at Esztergom.

At the end of September 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist groups carried out a propaganda action in Nógrád County.

At the end of September 2012, the New Hungarian Guard took part in an event of a parliamentary party in Gyöngyös.

At the end of September 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Hajdúszovát.

At the end of September 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group participated in the event of a parliamentary party.

At the end of September 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group will participate in the event of a parliamentary party. In their propaganda they say: „The New Hungarian Guard […] will act intimidatingly towards the guilty and the criminals if it has to.”

At the end of September, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Gárdony.

In mid-September, 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard (New Hungarian Guard) carried out a propaganda action at Tokod.

At the beginning of September, 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard (New Hungarian Guard) extremist group carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

At the beginning of September, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at an event of a parliamentary party in Veszprém.

At the beginning of September, 2012, the New Hungarian guard held a boot camp in Somogy County for the new extremist members of the organisation.

At the beginning of September, 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard (New Hungarian Guard) extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Magyarbánhegyes.

In the beginning of September, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Csókakő.

At the beginning of September, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a propaganda action at Kenderes.

At the end of August, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard, joined by the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party, carried out a propaganda action in Budapest, at the Farkasrét cemetery.

At the end of August, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out an “initiation” at Dunaföldvár, during which 130 new “guardsmen” and 10 new “gendarmes” were initiated. The extremist organisation successfully misled the Hungarian authorities who thought the initiation would be at Csókakő.

At the end of August, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard, joined by several other extremist groups and a parliamentary party, carried out a propaganda action at Heroes’ Square.

In mid-August, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard held a military-like training in Somogy County, for the extremist members of the organisation.

At the end of August, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard (For a Better Future Civil Guard) - joined by other extremist groups and a parliamentary party - carried out another hostile propaganda action at Cegléd, against the local Roma community. The action was followed by small violent incidents.

In mid-August, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard (For a Better Future Civil Guard) carried out a propaganda action at Várpalota.

In mid-August, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group carried out a hostile propaganda action at Cegléd against the local Roma community. After the action, the “guardsmen” stayed in town, to “protect” the Hungarians from the “Gypsy terror”.

At the end of July, 2012, the New Hungarian guard held a military-like drill at Nógrád County for the extremist members of the organisation.

At the beginning of August, 2012, members of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group played a role as security guards at the Kurultaj Festival. According to the media, the festival was sponsored by the Hungarian state with 70 million HUF, and Sándor Lezsák, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, assumed the role of patron of the event.

At the end of July, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard carried out a hostile propaganda action at Debrecen against the Hungarian Roma Community, during which they demonstrated against the „Gypsy terror”.

At the end of July, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement carried out a hostile propaganda action at Pécs against the Hungarian Roma Community, in connection to the murder of Kata Bándy.

At the end of July, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard held a military-like training for „gendarmes”.

At the beginning of August, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard (For a Better Future Civil Guard) carried out a propaganda action at Tiszaroff.

At the beginning of August, 2012, a parliamentary party with the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the New Hungarian Guard and the Outlaws’ Army carried out a hostile propaganda action at Devecser against the Hungarian Roma community. The action was followed by small violent events.

In mid-July, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard held a military-like training for the members of the extremist group.

In mid-July, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard (For a Better Future Civil Guard) published a propaganda piece, which states that they “arrested” a crime gang and gave them over to the police. This is the exact same activity for which – amongst other offences - their predecessor- the Hungarian Guard - was dissolved and banned by the Hungarian courts.

At the beginning of July, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at a hospital in Kaposvár.

At the beginning of July, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard (For a Better Future Civil Guard) and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Sarkad.

At the beginning of July, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard, together with the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action (“Day of Camaraderie”) where they commemorated the „victims” of the 2009 „police terror”.

At the beginning of July, 2012, a parliamentary party and several extremist groups held a propagandistic memorial not far from the Budapest Gay Pride March.

At the end of June, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard (For a Better Future Civil Guard) and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Gyomaendrőd.

On 8 July 2012, the New Hungarian Guard and the Outlaws’ Army is planning to carry out a hostile propaganda action (“peace march”) with the support of a parliamentary party at Hort, which is a settlement less than 20 kilometres away from Gyöngyöspata. The extremist groups want to use the same scare tactic to intimidate the Roma minority that they had used at Gyöngyöspata last year. Their pretext for the demonstration is the murder of a young local resident who was allegedly killed by members of the local Roma community, and their allegations that the “police do nothing to solve the crime”. The Institute has published several analyses of the tactics employed by the extremists at Gyöngyöspata that you can read here and here.

At the end of June, 2012, the youth section of a parliamentary party and members of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group caused disturbance at a community forum, held by another parliamentary party in the city of Kaposvár.

At the end of June, 2012, members of the "Heves County Battalion" of the New Hungarian Guard held a training where they mostly practiced military formations and revised their regulations. A new "brigade commander" was also introduced at the training. The extremist group indicated that these types of activities would be more frequent in the near future.

Mid-June, 2012, the For a Better Future Civic Guard Association organized local units in Szolnok county.

Mid-June, 2012, the kuruc.info group carried out a propaganda activity by issuing a declaration about a confrontative action of the New Hungarian Guard that was directed against three persons near the recently established Miklós Horthy statue in Csókakő. As one of the successor of the previously banned Hungarian Guard, the New Hungarian Guard continues to organize intimidating demonstrations on several occasions. Related to this illegitimate phenomenon the Athena Institute recently published an analysis titled Domestic Extremism – A Political Analysis of Security and Violence.

Mid-June, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group confronted with a member of a parliamentary party and two other persons at the recently established Miklós Horthy statue in Csókakő. The extremist members intended to pretend their presence and actions as legitimate. The National Police recorded the members' identities. 

Mid-June, 2012, the Court of Szeged found guilty a „captain” of the New Hungarian Guard connected to a parliamentary party in the case of abusing the right of association. The Court declared: the New Hungarian Guard Movement changed only in its name, however, in its spirit, image and miscarriages remained the same. The „new”extremist group is also based on hierarchy and it is the same in goals and uniforms to its predecesor that was dissolved in a legally binding verdict. The uniform, the flag, the salutation and the oath were not different – and they spread the same exclusive, racist views as their predecessor.” The case appeared in the Court of Szeged - after two contradictory verdicts - resulting in a legally binding decision that stated the following: the New Hungarian Guard Movement is basically identical to the Hungarian Guard Movement, so the dissolution also refers to them. 

At the end of May, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard held a paramilitary training in the Mátra. The extremist members participated in combat exercises and mapping practices.

Mid-May, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard - under the flag of the "For a Better Future Civic Guard Association" - participated in a demonstration organized by a parliamentary party. The leader of the group proclaimed that they are "going to support local communities to form local vigilant organizations to defend themselves."

Early May, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard, the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force Heritage and Civil Guard Association and a parliamentary party held a demonstration against „Roma crimes” in Berzék. The event was monitored by the National Police.

Early May, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard's local unit in Fejér county held a paramilitary training. The extremist members participated in theoretical education, formation exercises and shooting practices.

Early May, 2012, the For a Better Future Civic Guard Association is to organize local units in Ajka and Keszthely.

At the end of April, 2012, the Pax Hungarica, the National Protection Force Heritage and Civil Guard Association, the New Hungarian Guard, the For a Better Future Civic Guard Association and a parliamentary party participated in gendarme exhumation in Püspökladány.  

At the end of April, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party held a propaganda event to commemorate a honorary guard leader in Fejér county.

Mid-April, 2012, the parliamentary committee of national security held an extraordinary session. After the session it was announced that suspicion of crime occurred against national security and in personal data abuse connected to the discussion between members of the For a Better Future Civic Guard Association and Oszkár Juhász, a parliamentary party's mayor in Gyöngyöspata. An investigation was launched in the case. 

Mid-April, 2012, a transcript was released about a discussion between members of the For a Better Future Civic Guard Association and Oszkár Juhász, a parliamentary party's mayor in Gyöngyöspata. On the transcript stemming from May of 2011 the discussion was mainly about the possibility, chances and consequences of a civil war outbreak.

Mid-April, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group and a parliamentary party held a protest against the land law in Somogy county.

At the end of March, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard's local units in Fejér and Veszprém county held a military training camp. The members participated in theoretical education, formation practices and shooting exercises.

At the end of March, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard, the For a Better Future Civic Guard Association and a parliamentary party are to hold a protest in Medgyesegyháza titled „Demonstration against the deteriorating public order”.

At the end of March, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard's 3 members appeared in the Hungarian Parliament to pursue dialogue with the leader of a parliamentary party in order to „hinder the adverse forces who are about to further reduce the number of members in the guard”. According to a representative from a parliamentary party, the Hungarian National Guard is a „seceder group”. 

Mid-March, 2012, the local unit of the New Hungarian Guard in Nógrád county held an event related to the 1848 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight. The members participated in training exercises. 

Mid-March, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force Heritage and Civil Guard Association and a parliamentary party held an event together in Székesfehérvár related to the 1848 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight. Approximately a hundred members were present on the event.

Mid-March, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard held a group assembly in Pest county. The members participated in self-defence training and formation practices.

Mid-March, 2012, the kuruc.info extremist group issued a statement that the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four County Youth Movement and a parliamentary party are to hold an event together in Győr related to the 1848 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight.

Mid-March, 2012, a parliamentary party and the New Hungarian Guard held a demonstration in Kesznyéten related to the maltreatment of an elderly woman. The event was monitored by the National Police.

In March, 2012, members of the New Hungarian Guard extremist group are to take an oath in Esztergom. A parliamentary party, the Outlaws' Army and the Sixty-four County Youth Movement will also be present on the propaganda event.

Early March, 2012, the For a Better Future Civic Guard Association held a protest in Jászjákóhalma titled „Demonstration for the public order”. Approximately thirty members of the group were present. The event was monitored by the National Police.

Early March, 2012, the For a Better Future Civic Guard Association, the New Hungarian Guard, the Outlaws' Army, the Soldiers of the Defense Force extremist groups and a parliamentary party are about to hold a protest in Jászjákóhalma titled „Demonstration for the public order”.

At the end of February, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four County Youth Movement and a parliamentary party are to hold a demonstration against the government in Győr titled „It was enough”.

Mid-February, 2012, a New Hungarian Guard local unit in Hajdú-Bihar county held a propaganda „Breakout tour” related to the „Day of Honor” events. The National Police recorded identities of the participants.

Mid-February, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard is to hold a propaganda event in Püspökladány together with the „For a better future” Civic Guard Association, the National Protection Force Heritage and Civil Guard Association, and a parliamentary party related to the „Breakout”. 

Mid-February, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group is to commemorate the „Day of Honor” together with the Sixty-four County Youth Movement and a parliamentary party in Debrecen. 

Early February, 2012, to confront a demonstration held in front of a Budapest theater that became a symbol of domestic political debates a counterprotest was organized by an unidentifed extremist group. The New Hungarian Guard, the Outlaws' Army were present while several other groups carried out intense propaganda campigns in connection with the event. Uniformed members of the New Hungarian Gruard were marching in formation while the counterprotesters shouted anti-Semitic slogans. Several of them were detained by National Police which proved to be successful in maintaining order. Paricipating extremist groups, on the other hand, were able to garner significant national media attention. The Institute warned against the risk of potential escalation in a recent Incident Report.

At the end of January, 2012 a recently established website operated by unknown extremists announced that the Outlaws' Army, the New Hungarian Guard and the Sixty-four Youth Movement also joined the counterprotest against those who are about to demonstrate against the New Theatre on 1, February. The unknown extremists assisted to the New Hungarian Guard group with organizing the counterprotest in front of the State Opera House at the beginning of January.

Mid-January, 2012 a recently established website operated by unknown extremists asked for supporters in a counterprotest titled „away with the tolerant hands” against those who are about to demonstrate against the New Theatre on 1, February. The unknown extremists assisted to the New Hungarian Guard with organizing the counterprotest in front of the State Opera House at the beginning of January.

Mid-January, 2012, a parliamentary party organized a protest against the EU and IMF in front of the European Commission Embassy in Budapest. The New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and the „For a Better Future” Civic Guard Association were also present at the demonstration.

Mid-January, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four County Youth Movement, the Outlaws' Army extremist groups and a parliamentary party commemorated Lajos Nagy gendarme commander in Kisberzseny.

Early January 2012, the New Hungarian Guard extremist group posted a video of its recruitment campaign on the internet.

Early January, 2012, the New Hugarian Guard extremist group and György Budaházy, leader of the Hunnia Movement accused with several terrorism-related charges, joined the hostile campaign against democratic parliamentary parties and some civil associations in front of the Hungarian State Opera. The Athena Institute assessed the incident in an Incident Report.

In 2009 the law suit of the Hungarian Guard was closed. The Budapest Metropolitan Court, in its legally binding decision, dissolved the Hungarian Guard Traditionalist and Cultural Association and the related movement for violating Act II of 1989 on the Right of Association. The ruling was approved by the Supreme Court in the same year. In response to this, members of the organization announced the formation of a „New Hungarian Guard”.

Political changes in Hungary, as well as ideological debates and leadership changes resulted in the decomposition of the unified Hungarian Guard. During the summer of 2010, Captain Róbert Kiss lost his position and was replaced by József Ináncsi. In December, 2010, the Hungarian Guard split to two parts. The Hungarian National Guard led by József Ináncsi formed the "Guard Alliance" and incorporated the neo-Nazi Hereditary Hungarian Guard. At the same time, the New Hungarian Guard was reorganized by Tamás Juhász. This hate group distances itself from the actions of the Guard Alliance.

As a way to promote its agenda of racist extremism, the first event organized by the New Hungarian Guard was a demonstrations against ‘Gypsy criminality’ in February, 2011 in the village of Lak (Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county). The national Police kept the demonstration under its control while it also took Mr. Kiss (the above former leader of the banned organization) into temporary custody.

In March, 2011 the New Hungarian Guard attended an official inauguration ceremony of the Local Government of Zugló (a district of Budapest). The organizers - including the major - did not initiate intervention against the extremist group.

In March, 2011 members of the New Hungarian Guard under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association organized a racist extremist campaign against the Roma community of Gyöngyöspata. Later, Outlaws’ Army and the Soldiers of Defense hate groups also joined to the racist power demonstration. Due to the deteriorating situation social tensions deepened significantly, the mayor of the village announced his resignation and the National Civic Guard Alliance filed charges at the Public Prosecutor of Békés country that subsequently started legal proceedings against the ’For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association investigating whether the organization has committed crimes or violated the Hungarian Constitution.

In April, 2011 after its first racist power demonstration against the Roma community of Gyöngyöspata, members of the New Hungarian Guard - under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association - launched the next stage of their racist extremist campaign in Hajdúhadház. After the situation deteriorated significantly as a result of the racist power demonstration the Police superintendent of Hajdúhadház was relieved of his position.

In line with its previous plans Soldiers of the Defense Force started to build up a „joint” paramilitary training facility in the village of Gyöngyöspata. After renewed provocations by ectremist elements, a serious clash errupted during the night of April 26. Three people were hospitalized after the incident. Among those who provoked the serious clash, the National Police identified a member of the New Hungarian Guard operating under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association.

According to the ruling of the Court of Szarvas in April 2011, the New Hungarian Guard is identical with the banned Hungarian Guard. In the same case, the Court sentenced a former leader of the extremist organization - now the leader of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association - to one year probation for ‘abusing the right of association’.

In May, 2011 the New Hungarian Guard formally inaugurated its new members. One hundred of them wearing Guard-uniform took an oath to the banned hate group that defines itself as the “only possible way for Hungary”. At the event Lóránt Hegedüs criticized the new legislation intoduced by the government – that prohibits abusing the rights granted to civic guard assotiations -, adding that "one must understand the importance of today's success in this light; that it was possible to make this gathering a reality in a way that ensured that those in power have no idea about it, or in case they did, they were unable to mobilize their own »criminals in unifrom«" (i.e. the Hungarian National Police).



On June 14, 2011 a “youth movement” organized a demonstration before the building of Constitution Protection Office (the Hungarian counter-intelligence service) in the downtown of Budapest protesting against the intelligence bureau’s measures that “by threatening and corrupting members aims to recruit informants”. The rally was attended by representatives of a parliamentary party as well as the leaders of the New Hungarian Guard and the National Guard. During the demonstration, according to press reports, speakers warned participants stating that ‘everyone cooperating with the intelligence agency will be crushed’.

In June, 2011 after its racist power demonstration against the Roma community of Hajdúhadház, members of the New Hungarian Guard - under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association – are planning to launch the next stage of their racist extremist campaign in Nagybörzsöny. Members of the hate group will also demonstrate against newly introduced legislation – that prohibits abusing the rights granted to civic guard assotiations. According to previous information, the National Guard will also attend on the event.

The extremist group – under the flag of the 'For a Better Future Civic Guard – is going to join to the demonstrations of law-enforcement employees organized for the June 16 while also calling for 'revolutionary resistance' against the government.

On June 18, 2011, it has resumed its racist extremist campaign. In line with the method tested before, it made an efforts to aggravate ethnic tensions in the village of Nagybörzsöny using the occasion of a fatal tragedy occurred two years ago. By this the group aims to aggravate local tensions that in turn provide a rational for its future actions. The extremist organization also used the opportunity to demonstrate against newly introduced legislation banning uniformed marches. The event that was attended by members of both the New Hungarian Guard and the National Guard also gave an opportunity to consolidate cooperation between the two major successor groups of the banned Hungarian Guard.

On July 3, 2011 sympathizers and members of the New Hungarian Guard by organizing a demonstration titled “day of comrades” - to protest against measures taken by the Government to deter further extremist campaigns in the country - called the successor organizations of the banned Hungarian Guard for joining their forces. By holding a commemoration at the same location Hungarian National Guard rejected the initiative for the cooperation.

From July 22, 2011 the New Hungarian Guard held a two-day paramilitary training excercise in North-East Hungary during which participants practiced close combat, shooting and attended gas attack simulations. The extremist group also reported about the event on the Internet.

The leader of a parliamentary party called for a 'commemoration' of the banned Hungarian Guard. The event was held on August 28 in the 12th district of Budapest. Gabor Vona, one of the founders of the banned organization called for the re-unification of the Guard finge groups - the New Hungarian Guard and the Hungarian National Guard. In the following days, József Ináncsi, leader of the Hungarian National Guard, rejected the call of Gabor Vona that aimed to re-unite major fringe groups of the banned Hungarian Guard. It seems that the latest effort to reorganize the original Hungarian Guard has failed abruptly.

The Békés County Prosecution Office has initiated the dissolution of the 'For a Better Future Civic Guard Association' that, among other campaigns, provided a framework for the New Hungarian Guard to carry out its racist extremist activities. In a statement, the Prosecution Office said that their investigation made it clear "that activities of the organization are unconstitutional, its by-laws and activities are violating the rights and freedoms of others while they are also threatening the public order." The step of the Prosecution Office is used by the extremist organization to try to raise funds - claiming that it became an organization "hunted by the state".

Mid-October, 2011, the New Hungarian Guard attended a commemoration organized by a parliamentary party in the village of Olaszliszka. An app. three dozen members of the extremist group marched in uniform and in formation near the site where the tragedy took place five years ago - and was accompanied by an activist acting as Adolf Hitler. After the event, National Police identity checked those in uniform and initiated legal proceedings (misdemeanor of ‘participating in activities of a dismissed organization’).

After repeated incidents in the village this week, the notary of Gyöngyöspata forbid the demonstration of the New Hungarian Guard planned to be held early December in a community center maintained by the local government. In a press statement, the County Government Office reported that "during a session of the Standing Committee of the Hungarian Parliament, the mayor of Gyöngyöpata admitted his involvement in preparing the planned New Hungarian Guard event."

After a ban on demonstrations was issued by the notary of Gyöngyöspata, the New Hungarian Guard denounces the parliamentary party that otherwise supports the extremist organization - while it plans to hold its event "someplace else".

Tamás Juhász, leader of the New Hungarian Guard resigned early December, 2011. In its statement, the extremist group also reported that it was unable to elect a new 'commander' due to disagreements between county 'commanders' and the founders of the group (mainly politicians of a parliamentary party). Juhász's resignation came after the group came into conflict with the mayor of Gyöngyöspata, then denounced a parliamentary party. These developments seems to underpin that diverging interests arising from parliamentary politics and organized domestic extremism cannot be reconciled.

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