Athena Institute Investigations

Magyar

Hungarian National Guard

  • Original name: Magyar Nemzeti Gárda
  • Year of formation: 2010
  • Presumed No. of members: 100
  • Presumed seat: Budapest
  • Presumed leader(s): József Ináncsi (m)
  • Ideology: racist extremism
  • Threat level: 4
  • Active/Inactive: Active


Last updated: 07. 07. 2014.

After the second split of the original Hungarian Guard, the reorganized Hungarian National Guard continues to operate independently, organizing minor rallies and propaganda campaigns. The significance of the splinter group cannot be compared to the influence of original Hungarian Guard extremist organization. Most of its actions are followed-up by national Police intervention.

In early July, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In mid-June, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard, the New Hungarian Guard and other extremist groups participated in a propaganda action in Budapest.

In late May, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard established a new subgroup in Somogy County.

In late May, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

At the end of March, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard and other extremist groups carried out a hostile propaganda action against the Hungarian Jewish community, during which they revived the blood libel of Tiszaeszlár.

At the end of March, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In mid-March, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

In mid-March, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard extremist group tried to recruit new members in Kaposvár.

In mid-January, 2014, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

In early January, 2014, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the National Protection Force and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Pákozd.

In early December, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

In late November, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a hostile propaganda action in Budapest, during which they attacked the Hungarian Jewish Community.

In late November, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard tried to recruit new members in Dunaújváros.

In mid-November, 2013, a parliamentary party, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Hungarian National Guard and the National Protection Force carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In late October, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Hungarian National Guard and other extremist groups carried out propaganda actions in Romania, exploiting a demonstration, which was called the Great March of the Szekler (Székely).

In late October, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard and the New Hungarian Guard carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In late October, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard carried out several propaganda actions in Budapest, exploiting the memory of the 1956 revolution.

In mid-September, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and the Guards of the Carpathian Homeland carried out a hostile propaganda action against the Hungarian Roma community in Valkó.

In late August, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In late June, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the Outlaws’ Army, the Sixty-four Counties Youth movement and a parliamentary party carried out an anti-Roma propaganda action at Karcag.

In mid-June, 2013, a parliamentary party, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and the National Protection Force carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In early June, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the Hungarian National Guard are carrying out propaganda actions all over the country, exploiting the floods.

In late May, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action in Budapest.

In early May, 2013, József Ináncsi, leader of the Hungarian National Guard, and other guard members gave an interview to György Budaházy, ex-leader of the now defunct Arrows of the Hungarians extremist group.

In mid-May, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a joint propaganda action with a parliamentary party at Soroksár.

In early May, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the Hungarian National Guard, other extremist groups and a parliamentary party carried out a hostile propaganda action in Budapest, against the Jewish community.

In late April, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Nyíregyháza.

In late April, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action in Zugló, Budapest.

In mid-April, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, The Hungarian National Guard, the Outlaws’ Army, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Cegléd.

In early April, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard is carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community.

In early April, 2013, several extremist groups: the Conscience 88, the Pax Hungarica, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and a parliamentary party carried out a hostile propaganda action against the Hungarian Jewsih community in Tiszaeszlár at Eszter Solymosi’s “grave”.

In late March, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action at Soroksár.

In late March, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard is trying to establish a “rapid response corps” and they urge people to join said corps.

In mid-March, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action at Isaszeg.

In early March, 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action with the New Hungarian Guard and the Hungarian National Guard extremist groups at Budapest.

In early March, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action at Kaposvár.

In late February, 2013, the Hungarian National Guard, joined by several other extremist groups, carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

In late February, 2013, members of the Hungarian National Guard extremist group appeared in large numbers at the Pesterzsébet Market wearing their uniforms.

In mid-February, 2103, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action together with a parliamentary party at Soroksár.

In the beginning of February, 2013, the police discontinued the proceedings against the members of the Hungarian National Guard that were launched last spring for “participation in the activities of a disbanded civil organisation”. According to the police “the identities of the perpetrators could not be established”. The media gave a detailed report of the Hungarian National Guard’s “initiation” held on Heroes’ Square last March and the police filmed the event. In relation to the minor offence the police said that “we do not state that it was not committed, we just state that the identities of the perpetrators could not be established.”

In mid-January 2013, the Hungarian National Guard and the For a Better Future Self Defence carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

In early January 2013, a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action together with the Hungarian National Guard extremist group in Budapest.

In mid-January 2013, after the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, several other extremist groups joined the hostile anti-Roma propaganda campaign of a parliamentary party at Miskolc, through which they try to block the establishment of a Roma cultural centre, further inciting the ethnic tensions amongst the locals. The campaign was joined by the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and the National Protection Force. Afterwards, the extremist members of the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out a separate hostile propaganda action against the local police.

In mid-December 2012, the Hungarian National Guard, together with other extremist groups, György Budaházy, ex-leader of the now defunct Arrows of the Hungarians National Liberating Army, and an MP who used to be a member of a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

In early December 2012, the Hungarian National Guard, together with the For a Better Future Civil Guard and other extremist groups, held a propaganda event in Budapest. During the event they spread hostile propaganda against the Hungarian Roma and Jewish communities.

In early December 2012, a parliamentary party together with the Hungarian National Guard extremist group carried out a propaganda action at Monor.

In late November 2012, expelled MPs of a parliamentary party and the Hungarian National Guard, joined by other extremist groups, carried out a propaganda action in front of the house of Csanád Szegedi, who had also been expelled by the parliamentary party.

At the end of October 2012, the Hungarian National Guard extremist group carried out propaganda actions at Kassa and Budapest.

At the beginning of November 2012, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action in Budapest on the anniversary of the 1956 revolution’s suppression.

At the end of October 2012, a parliamentary party invited the Hungarian National Guard extremist group to join their local commemorations at Mogyoród and Soroksár.

In mid-October 2012, the New Hungarian Guard and the Hungarian National Guard extremist groups both joined a parliamentary party’s propaganda action against the Hungarian Roma community at Miskolc. The extremists joined the manifestation in formation, wearing uniforms. The police charged four people with the minor offence of “participation in the activities of a dissolved civic association”; otherwise the authorities did not intervene.

At the beginning of October 2012, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action at Budapest.

At the end of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard carried out a propaganda action in a parliamentary party’s office in Budapest.

In the beginning of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard also took part in the hostile propaganda action against the local Roma community at Devecser.

In mid-July, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard organised a sports event with propaganda purposes at Ceglédbercel.

At the beginning of July, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard, joined by several other extremist groups and a parliamentary party, held a memorial (Day of Camaraderie) in honour of the „victims” of the of „police terror” during the 2009 protests.

Mid-June, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard's local units in Budapest, Monor, Várpalota also held a propaganda event commemorating the Treaty of Trianon.

Early June, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard's local units in Mezőfalva, Előszállás and Dunaújváros held a propaganda event commemorating the Treaty of Trianon.

At the end of May, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard held a propaganda lecture in Budapest titled „Truth vs. Lies”.

At the end of May, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard held a propaganda event commemorating the Day of the Hungarian Heroes in Budapest.

Early May, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard, the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force Heritage and Civil Guard Association and a parliamentary party held a demonstration against „Roma crimes” in Berzék. The event was monitored by the National Police.

At the end of April, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard, the New Hungarian Guard and a parliamentary party held a propaganda event to commemorate a honorary guard leader in Fejér county.

Early April, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard extremist group and a parliamentary party held a commemoration in Tápióbicske and Nagykáta related to the spring campaign of the 1848 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight, where the members of the guard stood in formation.

At the end of March, 2012, the New Hungarian Guard's 3 members appeared in the Hungarian Parliament to pursue dialogue with the leader of a parliamentary party in order to „hinder the adverse forces who are about to further reduce the number of members in the guard”. According to a representative from a parliamentary party, the Hungarian National Guard is a „seceder group”. 

At the end of March, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard extremist group and a parliamentary party are to hold a residential panel discussion together in Budapest titled „Our place inside and outside of the EU”. 

Mid-March, 2012, the kuruc.info group published a statement that members of the Hungarian National Guard took an oath on the Heroes' Square in Budapest. The members in uniform were sitting during the programme, since the National Police indicated that they would dissolve the event because of rowdyism. The members took the oath in their mind in a kneeling position. More hundred policemen monitored the event that was finally not dissolved. 

Mid-March, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard issued a declaration to continue its recruitment efforts in Budapest.

Mid-March, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard issued a propaganda video to further continue its recruitment efforts.

Mid-March, 2012, the kuruc.info promoted the Hungarian National Guard's declaration issued to continue its recruitment efforts in Pest county.

Early March, 2012, the kuruc.info issued a declaration that members of the Hungarian National Guard are to take an oath on the Heroes' Square in Budapest on 17th of March. The Hungarian National Guard calls the 1848 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight as a „Breakout” in its statement.

In March, 2012, members of the Hungarian National Guard are to take an oath on the Heroes' Square in Budapest.

At the end of February, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard participated in a commemoration for the „victims of Hungarian killings”, which was organized against the commemoration for the Roma killings in Tatárszentgyörgy. The event exemplifies the extremist group's efforts to build narratives.The Tages-Anzeiger cites the Athena Institute in relation to the Roma serial killings' ever lasting criminal suit and the ignorance of Hungarian politics.   

At the end of February, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard issued a declaration to continue its recruitment efforts in Pest county.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard extremist group issued a declaration about the „Day of Honor” event held by its local unit in Szeged.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard held its „Breakout” propaganda event related to the „Day of Honor” in front of the Turul sculpture in Budapest.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard is to hold a propaganda event related to the „Breakout”.

Early February, 2012 the Hungarian National Guard extremist group was invited to the last year's evaluating and this year's greeting event of a parliamentary party.

At the end of January, 2012 the Hungarian National Guard and the „For a Better Future” Civic Guard Association organized a road block demonstration in Gyöngyös titled „protest together against the high gas prices and the excise tax”.

At the end of January, 2012 the Guard Association held its assembly with the leaders of member organizations. In the frame of the 2011 year's evaluation it has been declared that the Guard Association completed successfully its assigned tasks. As of 2012, the organization intends to increase the number of participants on its events, commemorations, lectures, charity activities and tries to extend its association with other joined suborganizations.

Mid-January, 2012 a parliamentary party organized a protest against the EU and IMF in front of the European Commission Embassy in Budapest. The New Hungarian Guard, the Hungarian National Guard and the „For a Better Future” Civic Guard Association were also present at the demonstration.

Early January, 2012, the Hungarian National Guard  organized a campaign 'to defend the Turul sculpture' in Budapest. According to the group’s statement the campaign was directed against the 'social liberals' who were organizing an anti-government rally nearby. While the effort was clearly unsuccessful - and ridiculed by mainstream media - as the extremist group misunderstood the venue, it is noteworthy that they decided to follow the New Hungarian Guard's new approach in directly confronting opposition rallies (one day after the New Hungarian Guard confronted a peaceful opposition rally in front of the State Opera House - a development the Institute assessed in its an Incident Report). This course of events also provide a vivid presentation on how extremist groups compete with each other - the phenomena we usually describe as an 'extremist race'.

Early January 2012, the Hungarian National Guard issued a statement condemning current political developments referring to the events at the State Opera House. The extremist group expressed that „we do not tolerate this anymore” widening the scope of its hostile propaganda campaign.

Political changes in Hungary, as well as ideological debates and leadership changes resulted in the decomposition of the unified Hungarian Guard. During the summer of 2010, „Captain” Róbert Kiss lost his position and was replaced by József Ináncsi. In December, 2010, the Hungarian Guard split to two parts. The Hungarian National Guard led by József Ináncsi formed the "Guard Alliance" and incorporated the neo-Nazi Hereditary Hungarian Guard. At the same time, the New Hungarian Guard was reorganized by Tamás Juhász. This hate group distances itself from the actions of the “Guard Alliance”.

In his recent interviews József Ináncsi denied any links between his organization and the „Hungarian Guard Association” which has been dissolved by the Court. According to him, neither the appearance, nor its leaders, or its members link this organization to the original Hungarian Guard. He has also emphasized that the current organization is deliberately avoiding anti-Roma demonstrations similar to the one in Tatárszentgyörgy, and is only “involved in charity.” On the other hand, it is questionable whether the members' ‘defense training’ can be considered as charity. It is also questionable why a new organization would choose the name of another already banned by the Court and why would appoint a member of that banned organization as its leader.

Contrary to the above, the splinter organization follows the model set by the original Hungarian Guard both in terms of its ideology (racist extremism) and its organizational structure.

Early December, 2010, the Hungarian National Guard organized a demonstration at the Embassy of Romania in Budapest and before the Romanian Consulate in Szeged to protest against the “police brutality and overreaction of Romanian authorities” against the Székely Guard.

In 2011, the Hungarian National Guard referring to “national values” distanced itself from the ‘day of honor’ events organized by various Hungarian hate groups (Pax Hungarica, Hungarian National Front). It held its own event named ‘day of outbreak’ one day earlier, on February 11.

In February, 2011 the Hungarian National Guard organized a commemoration of the victims of Communism in Budapest. The event was controlled by the national Police.

On March 15, 2011 at a commemoration in Budapest national Police took members of the hate group into temporary custody based on the suspicion of abusing the right of association and incitement against the authorities. The event itself was also dissolved by the Police. According to the official report among those arrested were repeat offenders. During the Police operation, some members of the organization attacked Police personal - they are also charged with resisting law enforcement.

In March, 2011 members of the New Hungarian Guard under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association organized a racist extremist campaign against the Roma community of Gyöngyöspata. Due to the conflicts between the hate groups, Hungarian National Guard did not attend the campaign as an organization. But the leader of the hate group, József Ináncsi claimed that “in case of emergency, units were ready to intervene”. Later, Outlaws’ Army and the Soldiers of Defense hate groups also joined to the racist power demonstration. The campaign aggravated social tensions on a local level.

In March, 2011 members of the Hungarian National Guard held a remembrance in Dunakeszi for Ferenc Szálasi, the Hungarian fascist leader and war criminal executed after WWII.

In March, 2011, in cooperation with several other extremist groups, organized a demonstration to protest against “Gypsy-terrorism” and “political crime” at the National Police Headquarters in Budapest. According to its leaders “civil war is imminent” and “Gypsy-terror is threatening all Hungarians”. Janos Lantos from the Pax Hungarica hate group claimed that “democracy could represent values only for bastards. For honest people it must be contemptible" – leaving his audience with a Nazi salute. At the same time, the National Guard has launched a campaign to reach out to other extremist organizations: members of the neo-Nazi Pax Hungarica and the New Hungarian Guard extremist group also attended the demonstration. The power demonstration ended without National Police intervention.

In April, 2011 attended the commemoration of Eszter Solymosi organized by the Conscience 88 hate group in Tiszaeszlár. The 19th century lawsuit that followed the blood libel in which the villagers of Tiszaeszlár accused the local Jewish community of killing a local girl Eszter Solymosi attracted Europe-wide attention and was a milestone in the process of increasing Hungarian anti-Semitism of the time. In current extreme right wing belief the court proceedings are represented as a “crime” never recompensed due to the manipulations of “Jewish plutocracy”.

In April, 2011 the group in cooperation with the National Protection Force attended on a racist extremist demonstration in the village of Hejőszalonta. In May, 2011 referring to a previous local conflict attended a racist power demonstration against “Gypsy-crime” in Dabas. In spring, 2011 a racist extremist campaign is evolving in Hungary that aims to provocate the Hungarian Roma community into a clash to ensure justification of racist extremist claims.

In May, 2011 according to an announcement of a leader of the Hungarian National Guard, the hate group defines itself as the sole legitimate successor of the dissolved Hungarian Guard. By its continuous propaganda as well as efforts to consolidate its leading position within the "Guard Alliance", the extremist group aims to sideline its two rivals, the New Hungarian Guard and the Hereditary Hungarian Guard.

In May, 2011 the Hungarian National Guard also attended a demonstration aiming to show support for the former Croatian general Ante Gotovina who was found guilty in April by the war crimes tribunal in The Hage and sentenced to 24 years in prison. As a next step of its propaganda campaign, the extremist group - together with a parliamentary party - organizes a commemoration for the Day of Hungarian Heroes – that remembers the Hungarian war dead – to be held by the end of the month. The event will be held in the 15th District of Budapest.

On June 4, 2011, Hungary remembered the peace treaties signed in Versailles after the end of World War I. Besides peaceful commemorations throughout the country, far-right extremist groups also organized demonstrations. In Budapest, Pax Hungarica and the Hungarian National Guard joined a demonstration during which participants protested before the Embassies of Slovakia, Romania and Serbia against the provisions concerning Hungary in the peace treaties.

On June 14, 2011 a “youth movement” organized a demonstration before the building of Constitution Protection Office (the Hungarian counter-intelligence service) in the downtown of Budapest protesting against the intelligence bureau’s measures that “by threatening and corrupting members aims to recruit informants”. The rally was attended by representatives of a parliamentary party as well as leaders of the New Hungarian Guard and the National Guard. During the demonstration, according to press reports, speakers warned participants stating that ‘everyone cooperating with the intelligence agency will be crushed’.

In June, 2011 after its racist power demonstration against the Roma community of Hajdúhadház, members of the New Hungarian Guard - under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association – are planning to launch the next stage of their racist extremist campaign in Nagybörzsöny. Members of the hate group will also demonstrate against newly introduced legislation – that prohibits abusing the rights granted to civic guard assotiations. According to previous information, the National Guard will also attend on the event.

On June 18, 2011, the New Hungarian Guard – under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civic Guard Association – has resumed its racist extremist campaign. In line with the method tested before, it made an efforts to aggravate ethnic tensions in the village of Nagybörzsöny using the occasion of a fatal tragedy occurred two years ago. By this the group aims to aggravate local tensions that in turn provide a rational for its future actions. The extremist organization also used the opportunity to demonstrate against newly introduced legislation banning uniformed marches. The event that was attended by members of both the New Hungarian Guard and the National Guard also gave an opportunity to consolidate cooperation between the two major successor groups of the banned Hungarian Guard.

On July 3, 2011 sympathizers and members of the New Hungarian Guard by organizing a demonstration titled “day of comrades” - to protest against measures taken by the Government to deter further extremist campaigns in the country - called the successor organizations of the banned Hungarian Guard for joining their forces. By holding a commemoration at the same location Hungarian National Guard rejected the initiative for the cooperation.

About a dozen members of the Hungarian National Guard marched in formation and in uniform, carrying its flag during the Procession of the Holy Right Hand on August 20 in Budapest.

The leader of a parliamentary party called for a 'commemoration' of the banned Hungarian Guard. The event was held on August 28 in the 12th district of Budapest. Gabor Vona, one of the founders of the banned organization called for the re-unification of the Guard finge groups - the New Hungarian Guard and the Hungarian National Guard. In the following days, József Ináncsi, leader of the Hungarian National Guard, rejected the call of Gabor Vona that aimed to re-unite major fringe groups of the banned Hungarian Guard. It seems that the latest effort to reorganize the original Hungarian Guard has failed abruptly.

Mid-September, 2011, the Hungarian National Guard and the National Protection Force - that operates several legally registered ‘civic guard’ organizations in the area - held a joint paramilitary training in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county. In addition, leaders of the extremist groups discussed “the present situation of national self-protection organizations and considered possible ways of future cooperation.”

József Ináncsi, leader of the extremist group in an interview published mid-September, 2011, said that “In March, 2008, I sworn in. Then, in June, 2008, we received a detailed list of those who are surveilled by the Police or national security. [...] From a person supportive to us, but working on the other side.” The extremist leader added that “I think that National Guard guardsmen, I hope all of them, are voters of the Jobbik party and will remain as such.” Finally, reinforcing once again his organization’s stance against any elected government, he noted: “I would underline that [...] the current government is the one who persecute guardsmen even more.”

The umbrella organization maintained by the Hungarian National Guard was joined by the Hungarian National Front group established as a political party as well as smaller organizations. Besides, to build formal framework for the organization, the Guard started to develop a charter.

Early December, 2011, the Hungarian National Guard reaffirmed its revisionist stance during a protest against the Trianon Peace Treaty held at the embassy of the Republic of Romania.

Early December, 2011, the Hungarian National Guard held a year-end meeting in Dunaújváros. Among the participants were members of the Hereditary Hungarian Guard and a Member of the Parliament (!) representing the National Protection Force. To build a formal framework for the organization, the National Guard disseminated its new by-laws while also giving out certificates to acknowledged members. The kuruc.info group reported about the event. National Police videotaped participants.

Mid-December, 2011 the Hungarian National Guard extremist group continued its recruiting efforts to increase the number of members as part of their nationwide propaganda campaign.