Letter by Gregor Gysi to Prime Minister Orban
13 September 2017
Dear Prime Minister Orbán,
I write to you concerning our member of the political secretariat and executive board of the Party of the European Left, Mr. Vajnai Attila, who resides in Budapest. During a Sunday walk with his wife on 10th of September, 2017, he encountered a street seller on the area of the former ghetto of the Jewish community who sold fascist and National Socialist symbols. Among them were pictures of Adolf Hit-ler and swastikas. Our member Vajnai Attila pointed to the seller that this was illegal according to Hungarian law and asked him to cease the sale. The person concerned did not acquiesce whereat Mr. Vajnai called the police and asked them to intervene. The arrived police were, yet, of the opinion that the sale of fascist or Nazi symbols was allowed in Hungary – which I cannot imagine even with the best will in the world. According to his account he was handcuffed and for this purpose violently pushed to the ground. He did not understand what was going on at all: he takes a stand for the imple-mentation of Hungarian laws, yet is treated by police as it happened.
In the name of the Party of the European Left, I strongly protest against this treatment of Vajnai Attila and hope you will accept this protest, share it and measures against the involved police officers will be introduced. In my assessment the suspicion exists that they committed a criminal offence while exer-cising their duties. I would be grateful for an early response.
I will deliver this letter to the public and send a copy to take note of to the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. Furthermore, I will provide a sample to the President of Germany, Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, the President of the German Bundestag, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, the President of the German Federal Council, Malu Dreyer and the German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel as well as the Foreign Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel.
Dr. Gregor Gysi
Berlin, 13. September 2017