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June 16, 2005
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More than 100 graves were vandalized in Budapest’s main Jewish cemetery. It’s not clear when the act of vandalism took place, as the cemetery was closed to visitors between Sunday and Wednesday. The Budapest Police Department is investigating the incident. Former Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, among others, condemned the destruction of the graves. “This type of action that so afflicts human dignity has no precedent in our 15 years of democracy,” Orban told the Hungarian Telegraphic Agency. Orban also offered his condolences to affected families and expressed his hope that authorities would find the perpetrators quickly.

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