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Huge demonstration in Budapest, tens of thousands against Orbán cabinet – PHOTOS, VIDEO

Huge demonstration in Budapest, tens of thousands against Orbán cabinet – PHOTOS, VIDEO

Demonstrators dissatisfied with last week’s general election results protested in the capital on Saturday afternoon, calling for a new “honest” election.

The demonstration, called “We are the majority! – Protest for democracy”, started in front of the opera house on Andrássy Avenue. Protestors made their way to Kossuth Square, in front of parliament, to hear speeches.

Disappointed with election results, demonstrators protest in Budapest

The organisers, who announced the demonstration on Facebook, wrote that “the election system of Fidesz and the government’s campaign of hate have squeezed the majority into a one-third minority”. They called for a recount of votes, a free press, a new election law and for the “opposition not to fight with itself”.

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A number of opposition parties were represented at the demonstration.

The protestors waved the national colours, European Union flags, the stripes of the House of Árpád and banners they made themselves.

When the protestors at the front of the demonstration turned onto Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street from Andrássy Avenue, the last ones were starting out from Liszt Ferenc Square, a distance of some 800 metres. Arriving in front of the parliament building, the crowd filled Kossuth Square, overflowing into neighbouring streets.

Speakers at the square called for solidarity and unity among democrats in the interest of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and freedom of the press. They also urged joint action by opposition parties to unseat the government.

Disappointed with election results, demonstrators protest in Budapest, photo: MTI

Disappointed with election results, demonstrators protest in Budapest, photo: MTI

Disappointed with election results, demonstrators protest in Budapest, photo: MTI

Disappointed with election results, demonstrators protest in Budapest, photo: MTI

Demonstration organiser Örs Lányi also called for unity to replace the government.

Balázs Gulyás, who organised an earlier demonstration against a proposed tax on internet use, said Fidesz had become “a party of lies, hate, fear and stolen assets”.

He said the “playing field was terribly tilted” during the election, adding that if Fidesz had any honour, it would dissolve parliament and call new elections.

Péter Márki-Zay, the recently elected mayor of Hódmezővásárhely, in south-eastern Hungary, who ran as an independent jointly supported by opposition parties, urged the protestors in a letter to pull together for a Hungary without corruption and without fear.

Gergely Homonnay, a writer, journalist and teacher, called for a new electoral system and demanded to recall Chief Public Prosecutor Péter Polt so that corruption cases can be properly investigated.

Viktor Gyetvai, the organiser of the Independent Student Parliament demonstrations, said the demonstrators were there to say no to oppression.

This movement “is the beginning of a process, which means hope” that young people do not have to leave the country, but can grow up here, establish families, live in peace and democracy.

A number of opposition parties were represented at the demonstration, among them Gergely Karácsony, the former prime ministerial candidate of the Socialist-Parbeszed alliance, Együtt leader Péter Juhász, LMP co-leaders Bernadett Szél and Ákos Hadhazy, Jobbik leader Gábor Vona and Democratic Coalition leader Ferenc Gyurcsány. Former prime minister Gordon Bajnai was also present.

The demonstrators said they would continue to protest to see their demands met.

Demonstrations were organised in Győr, in northwest Hungary, as well as in London and Berlin to coincide with the one in Budapest. There were around 150 demonstrators in Győr. About 300 people participated in the demonstration in London, near Downing Street. Some 120 people protested in front of the Hungarian embassy in Berlin.

Disappointed with election results, demonstrators protest in Budapest, photo: MTI

Photo: MTI

 

Kossuth Square

 

Photo: MTI

Source: MTI

6 Comments

  1. PISKOS-SZEM

    SOROS! With his paid off opposition pussy’s. They couldn’t even get the damn sign correct! HONGRIE!! Foreigner libtards are protesting in Hungary. Maybe we should do the same the next time a Libtard like in Brussels is voted in.

  2. Khaitkhon

    Such demonstration will bring to the situation like in Ukraine.

  3. edward

    70% voted and the majority voted for Orban. A lot of these communist/Marxist/socialist activists, demonstrate but have issue with voting. They don’t vote. the election was democratic, sign up, vote and maybe things will change. Don’t vote, then don’t complain. It was the same with Brexit. Bunch of Marxists, anarchists, ignorants complained, marched, yet when asked how they voted, they replied that they didn’t cast a vote. Dumb!

  4. \

    It was a sunny day and people had nothing else to do than making trouble, It starts with one, follow by more and than it looks if all the Hungarians are angry with Orán/ Do YO
    realau beliewve this faruyteal?a are gainst treoublowe

  5. Sander Driessen

    it starts with a sunny Sunday. It starts with one troulbemaker. It was said that they could become money, coffee a.s.o. if they join the protest.
    What value has this? We know the same from Holland: ZERO. Only beautiful pictures

  6. Anonymous

    Bullshit, they just can’t loose. Do not believe everything you read. It was democratic. The government did not soot in the mass, as the “liberal” gov did in 2006 after Gyurcsány’s speach in a secret meeting, how they were lieing and steeling from people for 8 years. It was the opposit side, that side which now organizing this ridiculous behaviour. Grow up, and accept the oppinion of the majority in Hungary!

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