Monday, July 21, 2014

Owner of Racist Hungarian Website Avoids Arrest in US: Believed in Canada

First, a little editorializing.

Our friends at Dawg's Blawg have been on the story Hungarian Roma for some time now. If you aren't aware of what is going on, you should click on the previous link. In short, the Canadian government in an effort to discourage refugee claims from countries considered "safe," have been targeting refugee claims. Specifically refugee claims made by Hungarian Roma. Jason Kenney, Canada's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism (and perhaps the leading candidate to succeed Mr. Harper), created a list of countries deemed safe called the "Designated Countries of Origin" list. If you are from one of these 27 countries, the chance of filing a successful refugee claim is between nul and not-a-chance. One of countries on the list in Hungary. Mr. Kenney has even taken the rather unprecedented step of paying for billboards in Hungary that inform Roma who might consider asking for refuge in Canada that they might as well not bother.

One, it seems, is too many.

The fact however is that the Roma ARE facing real danger in Hungary from far-right paramilitary thugs and a government seemingly unable, or unwilling, to help a marginalized people.

Compounding the problem, the unabashedly neo-Nazi Jobbik Party won 20% of the vote in national elections.

So, if you are Roma or Jewish, does Hungary seem like a very safe country for you?

Neo-Nazi website owner flees the US

15/7/2014- Béla Varga, owner of the extreme right-wing website, registered in the US, has fled to Canada after the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest. Varga, a resident of California, is a Canadian-Hungarian dual citizen. Varga is suspected of harassing and threatening to kill the lawyer who had obtained a subpoena to question him about the website. He was arrested in California in May but set free on $250,000 bail. When he failed to appear at two hearings in San Francisco, a warrant for his arrest was issued. Varga, his wife and two sons then fled to Canada.

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