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Hungarian demonstrators protest honor for Hitler ally

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(JTA) — Several hundred demonstrators protested the unveiling of a bust of a Hungarian ally of Hitler outside a Budapest church.

On Sunday, protesters wore yellow Stars of David and chanted “Nazis go home” at supporters of Miklos Horthy, who was regent of Hungary from 1920 to 1944.

The unveiling was organized by a pastor with far-right ties, the French news agency AFP reported.

Horthy passed anti-Jewish laws and oversaw the first deportations of Hungarian Jews in 1944, before Germany took over the country.

Marton Gyongyosi of the far-right Jobbik party called Horthy a “national savior” during the church service in honor of the dedication, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported, according to AFP.

Gyongyosi has made anti-Semitic comments in the past and last year called for a list of Hungarian Jews to be drawn up as they posed “a national risk.”

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