UPDATE: Nationalist event goes ahead despite organiser’s arrest

Richard Spencer of the U.S.-based National Policy Institute, main organiser of The European Congress – a nationalist/identitarian conference scheduled for Budapest this weekend – has been arrested by Hungarian police.  He was served with a deportation order, and told that he is banned from all Schengen countries for the next three years. (This ban would cover most European countries: though Ireland and the UK are not included in the Schengen agreement, the UK might easily impose its own ban.)

Mr Spencer and the NPI are taking legal advice as to whether this ban should be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. The Congress had earlier been banned by Hungary’s nominally conservative government, eager lackeys of the internationalist establishment. Mr Spencer and other organisers had planned to go ahead with informal gatherings and social events in Budapest, so that the various participants from across Europe, Russia and America could still have the chance to meet and exchange ideas, though the event could no longer be open to the public.

On Friday evening police raided a bar in central Budapest where an entirely lawful gathering was taking place.  Mr Spencer and others were reportedly arrested, and no official statement has yet been issued.  Two videos of the police actions can be viewed below.

One of the main conference speakers, former Russian government adviser Alexander Dugin, was refused a visa to enter Hungary.  Another prominent guest, NPI co-founder and publisher Bill Regnery, was arrested at Budapest airport and deported back to the USA.  Nevertheless a private meeting went ahead on Saturday, addressed by former Croatian diplomat Dr Tom Sunic and American Renaissance founder Jared Taylor, who has posted a report on the AmRen website.  Participants gathered on Sunday afternoon for a concluding social event in Budapest’s historic Heroes Square.

For another update on the conference, including an interview live from Budapest with Paul Fromm of tha Canadian Association for Free Expression, listen to Saturday night’s edition of the Political Cesspool online radio show with James Edwards.  At the CAFE website Paul Fromm has posted a report of the weekend’s events.

 

 

 

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