Posted on January 29, 2024

Hungary: Nigerian Migrant Strips Naked and Climbs onto Altar Inside St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Remix, January 26, 2024

A naked Nigerian migrant was filmed screaming from the altar of the famed St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, with the man allegedly stripping naked after he was told by staff members he could not enter the building only in shorts.

The episode occurred on Monday afternoon, with the man pushing past staff as he walked deeper into the church. Staff began to order people to leave the church, but someone inside managed to film a video of the incident.

In the video, a woman can be heard telling additional visitors to leave. According to the Hungarian site, ambulance services and police arrived. Once the man was apprehended, the paramedics said it was not necessary to treat him and he was handed over to the police.

Police confirmed to Hirado that the man is a Nigerian national.

The suspect was interrogated due to well-founded suspicions of disorderly conduct and drug possession. “The man was charged after questioning,” said a police source.

Last summer, a similar event occurred in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, which involved a Brazilian man climbing the main altar naked to protest the war in Ukraine. The incident happened shortly before the closing of the Roman basilica.

However, there appears to be no political motive behind the Nigerian man’s actions in Budapest.