Budapest (MTI) – An anti-corruption demonstration organised by the opposition Egyutt party was held in central Budapest on Sunday.
Egyutt politician Zsuzsanna Szelenyi told participants, estimated by the organisers to be 3,000 strong, that “corruption has been the Hungarian political cancer of the past decades.” She added that Prime Minister Viktor Orban was the “most corrupt government head” since the change in political system in 1989-1990.
Peter Juhasz, deputy leader of Egyutt, said that “the biggest problem in Hungary is not so much corruption itself but that the entire state has been stolen and swallowed up by Fidesz.” He said that Sunday’s event showed that although fragmented, opposition forces could still join together and march with ordinary people.
Juhasz said he would ask parties to join forces and organise a nationwide demonstration on March 28.
Dialogue for Hungary politician Rebeka Szabo told the crowd that laws were needed to reduce the chance of graft taking place.
The crowd behind a banner with the slogan “Let’s stop corruption” and demanding the prime minister’s resignation moved towards Oktogon along Andrassy Avenue, one side of which police had cordoned off. They carried Hungarian and EU flags.
The demonstration was joined by a politician of the Democratic Coalition and former Free Democrat lawmaker Imre Mecs.