A rainbow-colored statue in honor of Black Lives Matter that was erected in the Hungarian capital of Budapest was vandalized and then demolished within 24 hours.
The monument was a re-creation of the Statue of Liberty with the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ inscribed on the tablet.
The statue was meant to remain in place for two weeks until April 14 but was immediately targeted after it was unveiled in Budapest’s ninth district.
Pro-family activists described the monument as an “anti-European, anti-white, anti-heterosexual, and anti-Christian symbol,” and within 24 hours it was attacked three separate times, doused with paint and finally torn down.
Police later arrested members of the Legion Hungaria organization for their role in defacing the monument.
According to the monument’s creator Péter Szalay, its message was neutral.
“It’s not a thing that speaks against either side. There’s no claim in it that Black Lives Matter or this is pro-homosexual. And there’s no message that the BLM is bad,” he told Daily News Hungary.
There are no plans to replace the statue.
“Black Lives Matter and its Antifa allies are famous for defacing and tearing down statues of great men who represent the civilization they are committed to destroying, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, and many more,” writes Dave Blount. “In Hungary, BLM reaped as it has sown.”
An LGBT monument that was situated in the Polish capital of Warsaw also suffered a similar fate after it was erected in 2012, having been continually vandalized before being removed permanently in 2015.
Hungary’s populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has cultivated support in the staunchly Christian country for his efforts to defend the sanctity of the family in the face of rampant progressivism in other European countries.
Last December, Hungary passed a constitutional amendment affirming the right of children to identify with their birth gender and defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Asserting that Europe’s native population decline represented a “sickness,” Orbán also oversaw a program to offer significant financial incentives for the country’s own native citizens to have children, handing out €30,600 loans to married couples who have three or more children which are completely forgiven after the birth of the third child.