Hungarians protest against unveiling of Hitler-ally statue

Far-right and anti-fascist demonstrators staged rival rallies Sunday outside a Budapest church where a bust of a Hungarian wartime leader was unveiled, the latest tribute to a man who was a close ally of Adolf Hitler.

Around 500 protesters wearing yellow stars — a reference to the Stars of David Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis — chanted “Nazi mob!” across a police line at supporters of Miklos Horthy.

Meanwhile, several hundred of the ex-leader’s supporters, gathered around the bust, shouted: “Long live Horthy!”

An autocrat who ruled Hungary from 1920 to 1944, Horthy passed anti-Jewish laws and oversaw the first wave of deportations of Hungarian Jews in 1944.

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