By Balazs Penz and Alex Kuli

Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) — Fifty-six men in polished combat boots and black uniforms march up the cobblestone street to Budapest’s presidential palace, raise their right hands and swear to protect the nation from “bloodsuckers.”

On a late summer afternoon, the first recruits of the Magyar Garda take their oaths under the red-and-white striped flag of Arpad, evoking images of the Hungarian fascists who flew the same banner in the 1930s. Another group, in brown shirts, cheers.

“Hungarians are at a disadvantage for being Hungarians in their own country,” founder Gabor Vona says in an interview a few days later. “We’re living in a country that has crumbled apart, socially, economically, politically and morally.” MORE.