Hungary Government to Tighten Law on Vigilante ‘Uniformed Crime’

Hungary’s government will today present new legislation to punish vigilantes wearing uniforms and engaging in unauthorized law-enforcement activity, said Peter Szijjarto, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s spokesman.

Members of uniform-wearing group Vedero last week planned military-style exercises in the eastern Hungarian town of Gyongyospata, which Roma residents said was aimed at intimidating them. Four people were injured in overnight clashes in the town, news portal Index reported today.

The new legislation will be a "slap in the face of uniformed crime," on those wearing uniforms without permission or clothing that resembles official uniforms, Szijjarto told reporters today in parliament. Intimidating others by attempting to impose order will be punishable with as much as 3 years in prison if the action threatens a specific community, he said.

“Those walking around in uniform, pretending they are authorized to take measures against others, these people are criminals,” Szijjarto said. “We’ll stop this form of crime.”

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