Ten years ago on July 21, 2008 far-right wing extremists launched a series of deadly attacks on Romani people in Hungary. During the course of thirteen months they killed six persons including a small boy and seriously wounded many more. They claimed that they were to provoke a civil war like situation in Hungary.
On the night of July 21, 2008 they ‘only practiced’ their weapons and tactics when shooting at homes and moving in and out of the village of Galgagyork. In the past ten years we have heard experts, former law enforcement and intelligence officers, to talk about the nature of the attacks and the lack of any information on how the attackers learned the way to use military formations and carry out sophisticated night raids. During the court hearings the perpetrators mentioned the name of the Hungarian National Front (MNA) as an organization worth connecting when it came to military training. A former Hungarian intelligence agent in a 2017 interview with index.hu did not dispute the information that the Hungarian National Front had indeed conducted trainings with members of the Russian military agency in Hungary.
When interrogated by the police in 2009 the perpetrators claimed that their aim was to provoke a civil war like situation in Hungary. They said that the reason to launch their attacks at the village of Galgagyork was a TV program by Zsolt Bayer - a close political ally and supporter of the current Hungarian Prime Minister - which they watched repeatedly and got infuriated by it’s content.
Since the end of the attacks none of the Hungarian governments made any effort to create a rehabilitation program for the survivors and their families. Many of the affected people still talk about the days and hours before the murders of their loved ones as they were living in those days and hours back then. Time have stopped for many of the families and communities which makes every effort to help them almost impossible without proper mental help by seasoned experts. #murder #gru #hungary #trial #rehabilitation #mentalhealth #weapons #weaponcache #secretservice #lawenforcement #extremism #russianinvolvement #civilwar #domesticterrorism #survivors #victim