MPs for the nationalist SNS opposition party yesterday hung a sign in parliament declaring “No entry to the Slovak parliament for Hungarian chauvinists. Your parliament is in Budapest.” The MPs also encircled the desk of ethnic Hungarian MP Miklós Duray in chains to prevent him taking his seat; Duray eventually sat at the nearest free desk, and parliament resumed without further incident.
Duray had angered the SNS and other Slovak politicians by declaring support for former Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán before elections in Hungary last month. The SNS had sworn to bar him from entering parliament at all, but later contented itself with signs and chains.
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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15. May 2002 at 10:35