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Monday, 27 December 2010

Re-exposed: Hungarian Bar Refused to Serve Blacks

COVER STORY
By Hakeem Babalola

A coffee bar named Megálló Prezzó is still not serving non-whites even after a controversial report was published about the racial policy of the management.

This development has cast doubt on whether the Hungarian government actually holds the power to compel pub and bar owners to shun discrimination as they attend to the public.

Megálló Prezzó, situated at Rákoczi ut 52 in down town Budapest, is known for its discriminatory policy towards blacks.

Although the waitresses often try as much as to avoid saying directly to their targets to get out; we don’t serve blacks here, their body language usually let out the cat out of the bag.

The investigation carried out by African News Hungary revealed that the waitresses often find excuses as soon as a black man walks in. They may look at each other’s eyes, or they may pull their hair and then look down. In some cases they may say they don’t speak English. However if the person speaks Hungarian, then other excuses quickly surface.

It may be that there is the need to wait for ten minutes – which often turns endlessly –because “waitresses are taking over from each other”. Or they may come together; mumble some inaudible words to each other – all in an inauspicious manner to tell the “unwanted” customer to get out.  

Meanwhile, such implausible excuses often take place while the white customers are being served or attended to.

According to African News Hungary finding, discrimination towards black guests is not as pronounced at another beer garden called Blaha Sörözö as alleged, which allows maximum of five black customers per night. 

”It is troubling to know that this kind of thing is happening in Hungary in this era of globalization,” said Johnston Mboni who said he was refused entry many times.

Although the Hungarian Constitution specifically outlaws any form of discrimination in private enterprises open to the public, the history of fencing off blacks – especially Africans – at nightclubs is appalling.

Discrimination at nightclubs is not a new complaint heard at Cit Hall. “But I can’t imagine a situation like this,” said András Keztheyi, former press secretary to the Mayor of Budapest.

In 1995, the then Hully Gully nightclub prevented Africans from entering as it often becomes a “private club” to discourage certain patrons. The club was later closed down only to reincarnate in the year 2002 in form of Rio, a summer garden rendezvous, which refused entry to blacks simply because, according to the management, the law enforcement officials were looking for three dark skin people. Government officials maintain that it’s wrong and that the government takes a political stand against racism and intolerance.

Like other places in the region, there are different associations which claimed to combat racism in Hungary. The founder of Music Against Racism, Lorincz Marcell, said that racism is a social problem and that it’s not new “but we must act against it”.

In March last year, Menedék Association for Migrants started a project against xenophobia, a welcome development among immigrants. It distributed flyers to bars, pubs, shops and clubs frequented by foreigners for awareness. There is Ebony Organisation which uses social and cultural activities to fight discrimination; while Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Movement chooses football to fight unfair treatment in this Danube region.  

On December 18, Far From Home Foundation, a new NGO founded to accelerate the integration of immigrants into the Hungarian society, celebrated the International Migrants Day with a Multicultural Evening. And the list goes on.

Meanwhile, the question many Africans who have experienced such discrimination often ask is whether the activities of these NGOs are enough to curb and, or sanction places like Megálló Bar. “I don’t think so,” declared Sillas. “I don’t even believe in this integration propaganda. It’s all talk talk without action”.

14 comments:

  1. The Hungarian government is terribly guilty for not standing up against this blatant discrimination. For a country that's a member of the EU and whose citizens are now traveling all over Europe and have a chance to see a better example, this is unacceptable. I understand that waiters and waitresses are some of the lowest educated people of the country, but when someone is in a customer service position, some basic human principles apply. And for an establishment to make racism and hate their main policy, well, that speaks volumes not just about the owners and their staff but the society and the government that lets it happen. I find that despicable.

    Hungarians call themselves "Central Europeans" and get offended if you say they are "Eastern." Well, with this kind of attitude they don't even deserve to be called "Eastern" because most of Eastern Europe does not openly discriminate against black (or any other) people like they do. As a Hungarian who immigrated to the US 7 years ago, I am completely disgusted and ashamed by "my people".

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    1. when did you learn to speak Hungarian??

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    2. Since your mother is mongolian descent, I understand your disgrace of Hungarians...your poor mother was raped after world war two by the the brave red army...how many mongols? Who knows.....

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  2. This has been going on for at least 10 years at Megallo. There have been reports of racist discrimination against blacks for so long. How can that shit hole still be open?

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  3. I think you are missing the point. We are a nation-state, and we like it that way. We dont need another group of sub-people living on our necks (right, gypsies?), go and climb back to the jungle.
    You might think it's just the uneducated people like this, but let me assure you, most Hungarians with a sense of national pride is going to tell you the same. I have an engineering degree, and i speak three languages excluding my own. Anywhere you, or other lowly subspecies like you set foot so far there was nothing but degradarion of the entire host state. You are like parasites, and I really think you should get back to your continent. We aren't like you, and you aren't like us.

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    1. jayjay,

      For one.. you need to get over yourself. Who's living on your neck? Who did you support lately? I've been to your country as a tourist, and as far as I'm concerned.. you can keep it. There is nothing special about Hungary (well..the food was good). It's full of self rightous inbred fools like you. Who cares what degree you have or how many laguages you speak. You are right about one thing. You are not like us. You are a low functioning less evolved sub human. You are a parasite in your own country. Robbing it of it's dignity. You people have been goose stepping way too long. Get with the program and join the 21st Century.

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  4. And just what do the africans bring to hungary that the hungarians should be so happy to welcome you with open arms.all i saw africans doing in budapest was selling bus tour tickets,maybe the low educated waiters and waitresses are pissed off because you have stolen the only other job they are educated enough for. i live in england amongst all the blacks and asians etc and you are all parasites and i think the hungarians have the right idea.p.s. come and pick up the rest of your lot from europe on your way back to africa.

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  5. Hmm! Censorship (9 April 2013) LOL

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  6. va-jayjay,

    For one.. you need to get over yourself. Who's living on your neck? Who did you support lately? I've been to your country as a tourist, and as far as I'm concerned.. you can keep it. There is nothing special about Hungary (well..the food was good). It's full of self rightous inbred fools like you. Who cares what degree you have or how many laguages you speak. You are right about one thing. You are not like us. You are a low functioning less evolved sub human. You are a parasite in your own country. Robbing it of it's dignity. You people have been goose stepping way too long. Get with the program and join the 21st Century.

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  7. I'm English white and can say from what I've seen so far the reverse is true, your lot, as you referred to others as coming from sub-species, is exactly what we think of you Hungarian's, we view you as gypsies coming here to steal our jobs. Call us ignorant, or am I misinformed? That's the talk right now, so you with your degree, you may say your European like us and integrate amongst us, barely speaking English of three languages of gibberish, consider this; despite living amongst us we find it just as hard to put up with the expert way you have manipulated our jobs market and forced down wages working more hours than the Asians, come on this is not a competition to see who can ruin Briton. And next we got to put up with your cousins, the Romanians and Bulgarians who are one species above you. Can you pay back what you used in resources whilst you were here. Look! we are the issuers of money, we hold the cards. the only one that got away is general Mugabe, he gave us two fingers, he and his people own all their resources and the means to production, and sells most of it at a premium to the Chinese. this is a new phenomena we're worried about, because not even south Africa has achieved this because we have managed to own their banks, oil, land indirectly as we do with Hungary and others. You on the other hand own recession, as we and the Germans collect the high interest on those treasury bonds we issue for your subsistence. Having said; it doesn't mean you've got to run away as the host with national pride to England to steal our jobs.

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  8. Well I am Jewish and whether you believe it or not I am against forcing integration into Europe. That self entitlement blacks are having in the US is destroying that country completely, then they come to Israel and want to demand welfare, why should we?.
    There is a big difference between accepting a jewish, asian or indian that is willing to work and give their best; and accepting an african who will steal and rape as soon as special laws are created for him.

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  9. Well I am Jewish and whether you believe it or not I am against forcing integration into Europe. That self entitlement blacks are having in the US is destroying that country completely, then they come to Israel and want to demand welfare, why should we?.
    There is a big difference between accepting a jewish, asian or indian that is willing to work and give their best; and accepting an african who will steal and rape as soon as special laws are created for him.

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  10. It is so terrible and very disturbing that,white people,the founders of colonialism,simply defined,means legalizations of robbery,rape,unjustified killing and kidnapping of the weak,And the jews,who all they have ever done all their lives is killing of Palestinians and stealing their lands,All the pawn shops worldwide are owned by jews who are also selling and buying stolen good are talking about crimes,Jews are well known criminals and lazy too,How can blacks be lazy,when it was recorded in history,that white people kidnapped and stole a lot of them to build their cities and farms,Let's face it,in the committee of Nations,Hungary is one one of those countries,that is clinging and hanging on the back of others,If that Hungarian engineer have some shame,He shouldn't be proud of Hungary.Anyway,All you guys running your filthy mouths against Africans have all stolen lands,money and even humans from Africa and your paranoial is taking it's toll on you,But like it or not,I have no intentions of jumping on the next flight yet back to my tree,Obviously the engineer either stole his certificate or bought it from Chinese market,otherwise,He would have known that,Him and his ancestors came from the trees too,You and your generations are known for rapping your children,like josef frizl etc,you are are not even good enough to be a monkey,We have a saying in my language that,the nose can smell everthing else,but doesn't smell itself,You whites and jews are very good in the judgement of others and too dumb to judge yourselves,Shame though,The worst criminals ever recorded in history were all whites,in fact it is justified to define the white race as evil and you are turning it round to us,It's just time and your evil will overtake you,You are are aready spending a fortune on security and still not feeling safe.Aluta continua.

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  11. The Germans and the Russian should burn that entire city down and exterminate you all... racist Hungarian

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