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The non-parliamentary Mi Hazánk Movement held a torchlight march in Budapest on Sunday to mark the centenary of Miklós Horthy’s election as regent. Representatives of the Miklós Horthy Society, the Trianon Society, the Independent Smallholders Party, MIÉP and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, among others, took part in the march, which followed the same route that Horthy took from Gellért Hill to Parliament, crossing Liberty Bridge. László Toroczkai, Mi Hazánk’s leader, declared at the march: “We are the heirs to the Horthy era.” “We believe Hungary belongs to Hungarians.” He also called for the law that ratified the Treaty of Trianon to be repealed. Reformed Church minister Lóránt Hegedűs, president of the Miklós Horthy Society, called for the rehabilitation of Horthy’s social policies. He said it was important to fight “accusations against Hungarians” in connection with Adolf Hitler, which he insisted were the result of the falsification of history.
Hundreds of torchbearers marched from St. Gellért Square, across Liberty Bridge, to Martyrs’ Square near Parliament, led by a white horse symbolising the regent. “They were met by around 60 anti-fascist demonstrators who played loud music and chanted: Horthy’s crimes! White Terror! Fascist state! Anti-Jewish Law! and Nazis go back home!” Police kept the peace and separated the Horthy marchers from the protesters with cordons.