Hungary (Murder of Bela Somogyi).

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 1920.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty


asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the circumstances attending the murder in Budapest of Bela Somogyi, editor of the Hungarian social democratic paper Nepszava; and whether he will make a protest on behalf of His Majesty's Government against the régime which has continued since the overthrow of the Hungarian Soviet Government?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

My attention has been called to the murder referred to by the hon. Member. His Majesty's High Commissioner at Budapest has not ceased to urge on the Hungarian Government the extreme importance of discovering and punishing the guilty parties in this and similar cases. His Majesty's Government would, however, hardly feel justified in protesting against the Hungarian people's right to choose any such régime as they prefer, provided that there is no restoration of the Hapsburg dynasty and that no hostilities are undertaken against neighbouring nations.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Why have the Government suddenly adopted this policy with regard to Hungary?