Budapest (MTI) – Members of civil organisations and unions participated in a demonstration in Budapest’s Kossuth Square in front of Parliament on Sunday afternoon to protest against next year’s budget, which is scheduled to be voted on this week.
The protesters, organised by the “60,000 for private pensions” Facebook group, gathered in the square to hear Zoltan Vajda, the group’s lead organiser, declare that the budget was a “moment of truth” and the “budget will reveal the will of Prime Minister Viktor Orban”.
He insisted that another million people would join the already four million poor in the country once the budget is approved. He added that regular social benefits would be scrapped and food would become more expensive with the passing of the 2015 budget.
“This is not the budget of Hungary, but of a banana republic,” Vajda said.
Emilia Nagy, a school teacher and activist of the Teaching Network, said they would not allow the budget to drive the future of Hungarian society into danger. She said the government wanted to squeeze the masses out of a quality education. Nagy added that getting into a grammar school would become a privilege and only lucky students would be assured a higher education.
Tamas Szekely, head of the Federation of Autonomous Trade Unions, said the budget, was a “plot” against “industrial employees, social workers, people working in creches, teachers and public employees” on whom the government would not spend “the price of single sports stadium”.
Balazs Gulyas, head of the “100,000 against the internet tax” Facebook group, told the crowd that the prime minister had lied when he had pledged no austerity, and pointed to the “proliferation” of taxes.
Referring to the US entry ban, Gulyas said the scandal demonstrated the corruptness of the system.
Throughout the demonstration, participants chanted “Europe”, “Viktator”, “We won’t let it happen”, “Democracy”, and waved the national colours and union flags.