A lawmaker of the opposition Párbeszéd party said the party would act against “Fidesz and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s hate-mongering campaign against Roma”. Bence Tordai told a news conference that Párbeszéd will take part in a demonstration in Budapest on Sunday against “Orbán’s policies” that he said victimised the Roma minority and harmed Hungarian society as a result. Párbeszéd, he added, resisted “the hate-inciting propaganda” and Fidesz’s “fear-based campaign” against Roma children in Gyöngyöspata and against the Hungarian Roma in general, he said. Párbeszéd has also invited officials of Gyöngyöspata’s Roma minority council to attend parliament’s session on Monday, Tordai said. Géza Csemer, the head of the northern Hungarian village’s Roma minority council where the segregation of Roma children took place, said Sunday’s demonstration was being called because “the Hungarian state does not acknowledge justice for a Roma person, even when a court of law has already ruled in their favour.”
László Horváth, a lawmaker of ruling Fidesz for the region, said in response that “the foreign-funded foundation” that sued the Hungarian state for compensation was exploiting the Gyöngyöspata school segregation case, as well as the Roma families and their children, to achieve its political goal of “filing a report against Hungary in Brussels and Strasbourg over Roma persecution, racism and mass segregation to squeeze out some sort of a criminal procedure.” Sunday’s demonstration was “one stop in that procedure”, Horváth told a press conference. Horváth accused Tordai of visiting Gyöngyöspata purely for a photo-op with Csemer in front of the segregated school, and he “regretted” that Tordai “had no time” to listen to the views of local officials, teachers and residents.