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We are patriots not racists' says hate row leader

PUBLISHED: 16:57 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 23 August 2010

Gravesend
11-11-08
Zoltan Fuzessy of the Jobbik Party

Gravesend 11-11-08 Zoltan Fuzessy of the Jobbik Party

A HUNGARIAN Euro leader with links to the British National Party has defended his party amid claims he is running a racist website from his home. This week it was revealed that Zoltan Fuzessy, 35, vice chairman for Foreign Affairs with the Jobbik Party,

A HUNGARIAN Euro leader with links to the British National Party has defended his party amid claims he is running a racist website from his home.

This week it was revealed that Zoltan Fuzessy, 35, vice chairman for Foreign Affairs with the Jobbik Party, is living in Windmill Street, Gravesend.

The father-of-two admitted having strong links with the BNP but appealed for calm after claims a website he runs - www.Jobbik.com - boasted hatred towards Jews and jokes about the Holocaust on a forum.

Detective Inspector Ian Dampier, from Kent Police, said: "Should any crimes become apparent then we will investigate."

When confronted by the Reporter Mr Fuzessy said offending comments had been removed and vowed to crackdown on future statements made on the forum.

He said: "We do not tolerate these messages, these opinions and we are against any type of hate speech. Our party is patriotic but it is definitely not racist.

"We are not racist, we are not anti-Semitic, we are not against anyone we are there for Hungary.

"Other people may have different intentions but these messages were posted on our forum and do not reflect our party. Whether they are about Nazi's, the Holocaust or general racism they are not tolerated.

"If some of these comments appear we will deal with them.

"We did not have the capacity to monitor 24 hours a day but since this has been bought to our attention we have made it more difficult because we do not want to be misinterpreted. There are millions of forums out there that are abused and we do not tolerate this."

The Jobbik Party is hoping to gain a seat on the European Parliament when Dr Krisztina Morvai contests a seat at next year's European Election.

Mr Fuzessy did admit his organisation has links with the British National Party and confirmed BNP chairman Nick Griffin was the star speaker at a Jobbik rally in front of 5,000 supporters in Budapest last month, as featured on the Jobbik website. They also met in London on Friday May 16.

He added: "Yes, we have links with the BNP. We have other links with legitimate political parties. What is wrong with that?"

Dev Sharma, chairman of the North West Kent Racial Equality Council, said he was 'alarmed' by the website but said it should not be blown out of proportion.

He said: "We have good relations here in Kent. These relations have been formed over many years and by many communities.

"But this should not be blown out of proportion. I am alarmed but as long as this is monitored then I am confident there will not be a problem.

"By having this awareness means if anything illegal was to happen it would be discovered and dealt with promptly by the police."

Gravesham leader Mike Snelling said: "Gravesham has no place for this in a town which is renowned for the quality of it relationships between it diverse communities."

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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