Facing the Far-Right. Ethnographic portrayals of local civil resistance
|Title||Facing the Far-Right. Ethnographic portrayals of local civil resistance|
|Authors||Kovai, Cecilia, and Gergo Pulay|
|Publisher||Central European University|
|Place of Publication||Budapest|
Interethnic relations of Roma and non-Roma in Hungary are marked by a long history of local (ethnic) conflicts since the regime change of 1989. Conflicts persist to this day, although they are changing in nature. From the mid-2000s, Hungary has seen a political crisis leading to the rise of the extreme right, accompanied by a ‘racial turn’ in mainstream discourses and in certain policy areas. Political changes, in turn, have also shaped the nature of local ethnic conflicts. The usual scenario is that the far right, through its unofficial paramilitary organizations, has been organizing hate marches in local communities with ethnically mixed populations to mobilize locals and instigate hatred against the Roma in order to win the political support of the majority.