Athena Institute Investigations

Magyar

For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence

  • Original name: Szebb Jövőért Magyar Önvédelem
  • Year of formation: 2010
  • Presumed No. of members: 100-150
  • Presumed seat: Békés
  • Presumed leader(s): Tibor Attila László
  • Ideology: Racist Extremism, Anti-Semitism
  • Threat level: 4
  • Active/Inactive: Active


Last Updated: 21. 07. 2014.

The For a Better Future Civil Guard sprung from the New Hungarian Guard in 2010, but they only became widely known in 2011, after the month-long hate and intimidation campaign against the local Roma community at Gyöngyöspata. Back then, the membership of the two organisations was mostly shared and it seemed that the NHG and the FBFCG were fundamentally the same group under two different names. After the propaganda campaign in Gyöngyöspata, however, the organisation started to break away and nowadays it works as a completely separate extremist group. The FBFCG was explicitly founded to “protect the Hungarians” from “Gypsy criminality” and “Gypsy terror”. They still have strong ties to the guard groups and they established several units all over the country; they also opened an office in Pest County. The members of this extremist group act like gendarmes and frequently carry out hostile propaganda campaigns against the Hungarian Roma community, harassing and intimidating the local Roma population at the settlements where they have units. The group questions the state’s monopoly over the use of violence and acts as an authority to fight against the Roma whom they portray as criminals. The Hungarian Parliament enacted a new section in the Hungarian Penal Code specifically against the FBFCG called ‘unlawful organisation of public security activity’, however the police have only enforced this law once in 2012 at Miskolc. In January, 2013, the group changed its name to 'For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence'.

In mid-July, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence extremist group held a so-called „family day” as a propaganda action in Zagyvarékas.

In early July, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence established a new subgroup in Tószeg and carried out several propaganda actions around the country, during which the members of the group tried to take on the role of the authorities again.

At the end of June, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out propaganda actions in Emőd and Százhalombatta, during which the members of the extremist organisation tried to take on the role of the authorities again.

In early June, 2014, extremists belonging to the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out another hostile propaganda action, targeting the members of the Roma community in Pécs, during which they tried again to take on the role of the authorities.

In early June, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out a propaganda action at Tiszabura.

In late May, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence established its newest subgroup in Százhalombatta.

In mid-May, 2014, a new subgroup of the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence has been established in Emőd.

In late April, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Outlaws' Army and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Tiszafüred.

In April, 2014, the Court Of Gyula did not disband the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence extremist group in its first instance sentence. The racist tone of the sentence and its explanation caused a wide outcry.

In late April, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence extremist group established its newest subgroup in Jászberény.

In mid-April, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement carried out a joint propaganda action at Kauzsaytanya, during which the members of the extremist groups tried again to take on the role of the authorities.

In early April, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and a parliamentary party carried out a joint propaganda action at Hajdúbagos.

In early April, 2014, the For Better Future Hungarian Self Defence is trying to acquire financial aid on the website of the kuruc.info extremist group.

In mid-March, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out a propaganda action in Jászberény.

In early March, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out a propaganda action in Győrszentiván, during which they tried to recruit new members.

In early March, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out several propaganda actions all over the country (Kerepes, Békéscsaba, Ceglédbercel, Csépa, Nyáregyháza), during which members of the extremist group were still trying to take on the role of the authorities.

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

In early January, 2014, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out propaganda actions at Szeged and Pécs.

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 For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence continued its propaganda activities, during which the extremist group tried to take on the role of the authorities at several settlements (Csökmő, Hajdúhadház, Mezőkövesd, Miskolc, Sárospatak, Ópályi).

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 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 early June, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out a propaganda action at Medgyesegyháza.

In early June, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence is trying to collect donations.

In mid-May, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out a propaganda action at Újszász and Zagyvarékas.

In mid-May, 2013, extremist members of the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence got into a fight with members of the local Roma community in Medgyesegyháza. The extremists were arrested by the police.

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 early May, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Szarvas.

At the end of April, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the Outlaws’ Army, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Hajdúhadház.

In mid-April, 2013, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence carried out a propaganda action at Keszthely.

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 New Hungarian Guard and the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence, exploiting the floods, carried out propaganda actions, all over the country.

In late March, 2013, the Szeged Court of Appeal nullified the verdict of the Court of Gyula that rejected the disbandment of the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and instructed said Court to retry the case.

In mid-February, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Püspökladány.

In mid-February, 2013, the New Hungarian Guard, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and a parliamentary party carried out a propaganda action at Tüskevár.

In mid-January 2013, the Hungarian National Guard and the For a Better Future Self Defence carried out a propaganda action 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-January 2013, a parliamentary party signed a declaration of cooperation with several extremist groups in Debrecen. The groups are: the New Hungarian Guard, the National Protection Force, the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence and the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement. 

In early January 2013, the New Hungarian Guard and the For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence extremist groups joined the hostile propaganda action of a parliamentary party against the Hungarian Roma community that took place at Szigethalom.

In early January 2013, the For a Better Future Civil Guard Association changed its name to For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence.

At the end of December 2012, the For a Better Future Civil Guard carried out a propaganda action at Békéscsaba.

In March, 2011 members of the New Hungarian Guard under the flag of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civil Guard Association organized a racist extremist campaign against the Roma community of Gyöngyöspata. Later, the Outlaws’ Army and the Soldiers of Defence hate groups also joined to the racist power demonstration. Due to the deteriorating situation social tensions deepened significantly, the mayor of the village announced his resignation and the National Civil Guard Alliance filed charges at the Public Prosecutor of Békés County that subsequently started legal proceedings against the ’For a Better Future’ Civil Guard Association investigating whether the organization has committed crimes or violated the Hungarian Constitution.

In April, 2011 after its first racist power demonstration against the Roma community of Gyöngyöspata, members of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civil Guard Association launched the next stage of their racist extremist campaign in Hajdúhadház. After the situation deteriorated significantly as a result of the racist power demonstration the Police Superintendent of Hajdúhadház was relieved of his position.

In line with its previous plans Soldiers of the Defence Force started to build up a „joint” paramilitary training facility in the village of Gyöngyöspata. After renewed provocations by extremist elements, a serious clash erupted during the night of April 26. Three people were hospitalized after the incident. Among those who provoked the serious clash, the National Police identified a member of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civil Guard Association.

According to the ruling of the Court of Szarvas in April 2011, the New Hungarian Guard is identical with the banned Hungarian Guard. In the same case, the Court sentenced a former leader of the extremist organization - now the leader of the ‘For a Better Future’ Civil Guard Association - to one year probation for ‘abusing the right of association’.
The Békés County Prosecution Office has initiated the dissolution of the 'For a Better Future Civil Guard Association' that, among other campaigns, provided a framework for the New Hungarian Guard to carry out its racist extremist activities. In a statement, the Prosecution Office said that their investigation made it clear "that activities of the organization are unconstitutional, its by-laws and activities are violating the rights and freedoms of others while they are also threatening the public order." The step of the Prosecution Office is used by the extremist organization to try to raise funds - claiming that it became an organization "hunted by the state".

The law suit is still continuing in September, 2011, after the propaganda campaign at Gyöngyöspata, the For a Better Future Civil Guard started to break away from the NHG. They still have strong ties to the guard movement, but they established an extensive separate network in Eastern Hungary and they are trying to expand to the Western parts of the country; they also opened a (recruitment) office in Pest County. The organisation carries out permanent hostile propaganda campaigns against the local Roma communities, intimidating them and infringing their human rights. The FBFCG was explicitly founded to “protect the Hungarians” from “Gypsy criminality” and “Gypsy terror”, thus they question the state’s monopoly over the use of violence and act as an authority to fight against the Roma whom they portray as criminals. The Hungarian Parliament enacted a new section in the Hungarian Penal Code specifically against the FBFCG called ‘unlawful organisation of public security activity’, however the police have only enforced this law once in 2012 at Miskolc.

In January, 2013, the group changed its name to For a Better Future Hungarian Self Defence.