demonstration MTVA
Budapest, 2018. december 17. Az önkéntes túlmunka idõ bõvítésérõl szóló törvény ellen demonstrálók az MTVA Kunigunda utcai székházánál 2018. december 17-én. MTI/Mohai Balázs

Protesters turned up at the headquarters of the public broadcaster MTVA on Sunday evening after a demonstration of civil organisations and opposition parties against recent amendments to the labour code in Budapest.

The crowd included several opposition politicians who insisted that their demands should be read out in the public media, MTI correspondents reported.

demonstration MTVA
Photo: MTI/Mohai Balázs

Some lawmakers were allowed to enter the building with police escort.

They included Lajos Kepli and Janos Stummer of Jobbik, Laszlo Varju of the Democratic Coalition, Ágnes Kunhalmi of the Socialists, and independent MPs Ákos Hadházy and Bernadett Szél.

According to hvg.hu, the opposition politicians had five demands in the name of all, and they wanted to convince MTVA to broadcast them. The demands included the withdrawal of the “slave law”, less overtime for policemen, independent law courts, joining the European Prosecutor’s Office and free pubic media.

demonstration MTVA
Photo: MTI/Mohai Balázs

Police said on its website police.hu that some members of the crowd pelted crackers, bottles and other objects at the officers, then pushed those standing in the front onto the police lines.

Some demonstrators fell on the ground and felt faint.

After several warnings, police used tear gas against the crowd.

demonstration MTVA
Photo: MTI/Mohai Balázs

Those injured were taken behind the police lines for first aid and medical care, police said.

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Source: MTI, www.hvg.hu

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