Protesters again took to the streets in Budapest to demonstrate against the “slave law” on Thursday evening. The demonstration started peacefully but police later responded to aggressive protestors with teargas.
MTI correspondents reported from the site that several protesters were wearing masks despite the organisers asking participants at the start of the event not to cover their faces. The demonstration was announced by the Free University and Students Trade Union student groups.
The crowd started moving from Kossuth Square near Parliament at 6pm and crossed over to Buda on Margaret Bridge where they marched along the riverbank and returned to Pest over Chain Bridge.
The crowd stopped in front of the prosecutor’ office in Markó Street and chanted “we demand free courts!” before moving back to Kossuth Square in front of Parliament where they almost completely filled the square. Some of the participants were holding Hungarian and European Union flags, as well as flags of the opposition Momentum, Jobbik, LMP and Parbeszed parties.
Police formed several lines on the steps of the Parliament to protect the building.
The police chief said that police have been instructed to wear protective gear, including body shields and helmets.