August 2, 2021

In Hungary, thousands of demonstrators against a law banning the representation of homosexuality

More than 5,000 Hungarians demonstrated in Budapest on Monday (June 14th) against a law expected to be approved by Parliament on Tuesday and which will ban the ” representation “ homosexuality and transsexuality in public space. “Tomorrow, when MPs vote, they will have to remember that they are playing with people’s lives in their cruel political campaigns”Amnesty International, which called for a protest, said in a statement.

If the legislation is passed, freedom of expression and rights will be “Severely limited”NGOs have said, accusing Hungary of copying dictatorial models that go against European values. A commercial television channel, RTL Klub Hungary, said on Monday that if the law is passed, films like « Bridget Jones », “Harry Potter” or « Billy Eliot », in which homosexuality is mentioned, should be prohibited for minors.

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Educational programs or advertisements, such as that of Coca-Cola representing a couple of men who had sparked boycott calls in 2019, would no longer be authorized, according to the 11-page document consulted by the France agency. -press (AFP). It will be the same for books, such as the collection of tales and legends defrauding homosexuality, which had drawn the wrath of the nationalist power of Viktor Orban in the fall of 2020.

Amalgamation with pedophilia

The amendments in question are part of an arsenal of measures to protect minors and aim to fight against pedophilia, an amalgam denounced by the independent website Telex. Among these is the creation of a database of convicted persons accessible to the public, or their banning from certain professions. In December, Hungary had already made adoption by same-sex couples impossible and prohibited the registration of the change of sex in the civil registry.

“It is becoming more and more uncomfortable to live here, not just for gays but for everyone in fact”said a protester, Attila Kelemen, 23, who works as a school psychologist. “This type of permanent propaganda causes people to be lost. And mixing homosexuality with sex crimes is disgusting. “

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Hungary has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 2004, whose Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits any discrimination based on sexual orientation. Before Viktor Orban’s return to power in 2010, Hungary was one of the most progressive countries in the region: homosexuality had been decriminalized there in the early 1960s and civil union between same-sex spouses was recognized. since 1996.

The World with AFP