The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) underlined the importance of remembering the victims and the horrors of the Holocaust era. DK deputy leader Péter Niedermüller and deputy group leader Gergely Arató said in a statement that remembrance was even more important “now that Hungary is again flowing with hate, when the Roma Holocaust Memorial is regularly desecrated, when people are being starved in the transit zones at the border, when the Roma community has its water supply cut off during a heatwave…” “But European Hungarians can prevent any new horrors together,” the statement said. “They can eliminate hate forever and create a liveable, peaceful world.”
Opposition LMP said it believed Roma people should never be “second-class citizens” in Hungary. “Their identity, culture and customs are an integral part of Hungarian national culture, making our shared homeland stronger and richer,” LMP co-leader János Kendernay said in a statement. He said it was vital to prevent expressions of racism, exclusion and hate from gaining a foothold in the future.
The opposition Socialist Party said Europe and Hungary were only whole with the Roma people. “We live in a time in Hungary when hate has become commonplace and when acts of discrimination against minorities aren’t isolated incidents,” Csaba Horváth, the joint mayoral candidate of the Socialists, DK, Párbeszéd and the Momentum Movement in Budapest’s 14th district, said in a statement. He noted last month’s vandalisation of Budapest’s Roma Holocaust Memorial, saying it demonstrated that “the one-time [Holocaust] perpetrators still have their spiritual heirs…” He said Roma Holocaust Memorial Day was the right time to stand up against hate, “but we must reject racism, hate-mongering and intimidation during the rest of the year, too”. Horváth noted that it was still unclear to this day exactly how many Roma people were taken away, maimed or killed during the Holocaust.