Political activist detained and searched for pasting a heart on a government poster

Telex reported that Zita Pincehelyi, the MKKP activist from Pécs, the candidate of the joke party in the 2018 and potentially 2022 parliamentary elections, spent Wednesday (20 October) morning at the Pécs police station. [EPA-EFE / Marton Monus]

The police detained and raided the home of the joke Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) candidate in Pécs on suspicion of having pasted giant hearts over six government ads. Law enforcement failed to find any hearts, Telex reported.

Telex reported that Zita Pincehelyi, the MKKP activist from Pécs, the candidate of the joke party in the 2018 and potentially 2022 parliamentary elections, spent Wednesday (20 October) morning at the Pécs police station. The police suspect that in July Pincehelyi and a party colleague, Gergely Fulmer, pasted rainbow and heart-shaped stickers with words such as “life is beautiful”, “you are not alone”, “fill in the love consultation” on the government’s posters calling to fill out the nationwide surveys.

The police action stands in sharp contrast with another poster case in Pécs in recent weeks when the far-right Our Homeland (Mi Hazánk) party put up posters on in the city centre with the text: “LMBTQ+ – ATHEISM – MARXISM – LIBERALISM – FEMINISM – GENDER – DESTROY THE MONSTER!”

The mayor of Pécs, Attila Péterffy, also filed a complaint because they believe that the poster is hateful and incited violence against sexual minorities. However, the police did not launch an investigation because they considered that the text was not specific enough to constitute incitement and would not disturb the peace.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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