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Hungary Statement on Vandalism to Gyöngyös Jewish Cemetery


The Prime Minister's Office of Hungary has issued a statement condemning the "babaric deeds" of those who desecrated the Jewish cemetery in Gyöngyös, Hungary.

Dr Csaba Latorcai, Deputy State Secretary for Priority Social Affairs, stated "There is no excuse for the incitement to hatred or for hate crimes."

Peter Weisz, the leader of the small Hungarian Jewish community, says about 20 graves have been vandalised in a Jewish cemetery. Weisz added that the damage to the graves in the northeastern city of Gyongyos, including the scattering of human remains, was "unprecedented."

Weisz said a number of graves dating as far back as the late 1800s were of ancestors of some of the 80 current members of the recently re-established Jewish community in Gyöngyös.