With a crowd of over 10,000 LGBTQ folks attending the Budapest Pride parade this past weekend, a group of black-clad anti-LGBTQ fascist youth attempted to disrupt the parade.
According to Gay Star News, young men belonging to the Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement stood silently holding a banner, refusing to move blocking the parade path.
In the span of a few minutes, Budapest police appeared and formed a barrier between the two factions. With Pride celebrants chanting, waving rainbow flags and banging drums just feet from the fascists, the police surrounded and removed the protesters.
The crowd erupted in cheers and whistles as the police led the men away from the parade path.
This video was posted by A MI IDŐNK to their Facebook page:
According to a translation by Facebook, the caption reads:
“The Hungarian Fascists (Hatvannégy County Youth Movement – H) have blocked the Budapest Pride Parade for a short time on and road. The marchers stood up to the fascists quickly and without violence, who seeped through security to surprise peaceful marches. The police in Budapest quickly surrounded them and pushed them out, and the parade continued to Parliament's building a few miles away.”
Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest champion, performed at the closing ceremony for Budapest Pride and hailed the parade participants for their courage and fortitude in peacefully staring down the young racists.
‘It is very important to me to be here today, the rights of the LGBTIQ community are not where they should be,’ Wurst told the crowd.
‘The people who went to the Pride and were on the verge of being attacked by right-wing demonstrators showed great courage, and I want to highlight this situation.’
This weekend marked the 23rd Pride event in the Hungarian capital.
In spite of the brief disruption, Pride celebrants clearly had a great time.
— We Love Budapest (@welovebudapest) July 7, 2018
I’ve just had the best time at #BudapestPride – the homophobic protesters were kept at bay & the rain never fell. Tourists cheered, locals waved from their windows. The music wasn’t exactly indiepop but the DJ on the Roma lorry did play some remixed Madonna. Love wins. pic.twitter.com/Yusk8nrJKq
— Colin Clark (@profcolinclark) July 7, 2018
— Héctor Huerga (@hectorhuerga) July 7, 2018