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Budapest – where the csardas has been popularized by Roma music bands and the Tokaji always helps in making new friends. Budapest – Elisabeth’s warm town where Sissi found, at last, her liberty and peace. Budapest – where the freedom (or the illusion of it) has been paid with blood…

Today, Budapest was – again – in turmoil. The little park from Deak Ferencz Ter was surrounded by police cars and ambulances. Extremists were fighting on the downtown streets, and it seems that these events are becoming more and more numerous. Hungarian colleagues told me that, in the last year, the attacks on gays, gypsies and prostitutes have doubled! And usually all these are happening in the downtown. The police seem powerless.

I’m trying to understand those people, but I cannot. What do they want? Why do they feel the need to fight, to beat Roma people, to ask for a gay-free Budapest? They are not poor. They are not uneducated. And they live in one of Europe’s most beautiful towns. Why not live and let others live? Why not being a fundamentalist in defending Budapest’s well-known tradition of liberty and freedom?

I love Budapest. But this town has also an ugly part: the extremists’ meetings in the Heroes Square, the (so frequent now) political turbulences, the increase degree of personal insecurity, the oppression of children and women by their ultra-orthodox Jewish fathers and husbands. I love Budapest. And it takes so little to still feel the smell of freedom: respect the other’s basic rights, live and let live! I love Budapest. And I hope – in fact I am sure – that these hard times will soon pass.

In Budapest you can really see in what a wonderful world we live. And this world will always be wonderful – in spite of all those who try to spoil this town. Hear Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQk2LtK680w

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Written by Andrei Stavilă

Octombrie 4, 2008 la 8:23 pm

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  1. But, you are ok? Ca deak tere asta parca era mai aproape de voi decat parlamentul unde se batura aia alta data…

    raluca

    Octombrie 6, 2008 at 12:37 pm

  2. Totul e bine. Sper sa nu degenereze starea asta de lcururi in Budapesta.

    andruska

    Octombrie 6, 2008 at 1:30 pm

  3. Ai spus ca iubesti budapesta, dar nu ai spus ca esti roman ( in ex-cusul de mai sus).. ha ha
    Aventura mea budapstana cu tricoul red and white stripes a fost ffff tare.. ha ha, incearca(!!!)vezi istoria dungilor rosu/alb din istoria Ungariei
    Poate ca ei iau ad literam nobless oblige.. recunoaste ca fiecare natiune are the „american dream” in his way… fiecare cu visul lui.. manifestarile nu sunt periculoase atit timp cit fiecare isi exprima opinia.. mai naspa e atunci cind se lasa cu efecte asupra unor nevinovati… in rest fiecare are LIBERTATEA de a spune ce vrea.. oare ce inseamna extremism? te intreb.. astept un raspuns

    oana

    Octombrie 6, 2008 at 10:34 pm

  4. Ok, hai sa-ti raspund:
    1) Nu sint roman. Nu dau doi bani pe natiuni in general, cu atit mai putin pe cea romaneasca. Ma consider un cetatean al Europei si, mai mult decit atit, al lumii ca atare.
    2) Fiecare are libertatea de a spune ce vrea – dar nu are libertatea de a o spune IN MANIERA in care vrea. Cei care ies in strada si se manifesta violent (supra oamenilor din baruri,cum a patit un coleg de al meu, sau asupra politiei) tin de domeniul patologicului si trebuie tratati ca atare. Una e sa faca o adunare pe strazile Budapestei si sa-si sustina public ideile, si alta e sa arunce cocktail-uri Molotov. Ultima parte nu are nici in clin, nici in mineca cu exprimarea libera.
    3) Ce inseamna extremism? Simplu, compilind mai multe definitii din dexonline.ro, as spune ca extremismul este o atitudine sau o doctrina (politica, religioasa, etc.) a unui grup, continind opinii unilaterale, extreme, deseori bazate pe ura si intoleranta, deseori sustinute prin violenta verbala sau fizica, conform carora un alt grup de oameni (femei, necredinciosi, liberali, socialisti, etc.) sint considerati, intr-un fel sau altul, inferiori (si, in consecinta, de multe ori trebuie eliminati).
    4) Ca sa revin la libertatea de a spune ce vrei: „hate speech”-ul, de pilda, este protejat de constitutia US. Ca atare, pina si Ku Klux Klan-ul poate spune ce vrea. Dar de aici si pina la violenta fizica, cum s-a ajuns la Budapesta, e o cale lunga.

    andruska

    Octombrie 7, 2008 at 8:01 am


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