The HCLU Is Dismayed at the FIDESZ-fraction's Cordon-removal Action

The HCLU human rights organization would like to call attention to the fact, that even though the current situation at Kossuth square is undoubtedly due to the cynical, unlawful and unacceptable attitude of the police, in a democratic state there is no place for unlawful action even if authorities are believed to be behaving in an unlawful way.

It is apparent, that if ordinary citizens and not members of parliament would have started today's actions, the police would have acted against them without further ado. The police were impotent against the members of parliament bearing the right to immunity, even though this right does not protect them in case of apparent law-breaking and being caught during the unlawful act.

As expected, the police could not step up against the 150 parliament members at the square, thus the message is clear: politicians can do anything, laws do not apply to them.

The HCLU's opinion is, that with respect to Hungary being a democratic nation, responding to unlawful and even human rights infringing conduct by the police can only be handled by lawful means. Friday's action by the members of FIDESZ do not qualify as such, therefore considering it an example for the public is an irresponsible and cynical attitude.

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