(MTI) – Upon the call of the opposition LMP party, about 100 to 200 demonstrators gathered in central Budapest on Saturday to protest against the planned upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant.
Addressing the event, LMP co-leader Bernadett Szel criticised Prime Minister Viktor Orban who she said “had trampled on all Hungarians” with his decision to expand the power plant.
She said the premier should have consulted with parliament and the public on the issue.
Austrian Green lawmaker Mathias Koechl said the public should be enabled to freely choose what kind of energy the country should use.
The agreement on Paks was signed in Moscow on Jan. 14 in the presence of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The upgrade, estimated to cost 10-12 billion euros, is set to be financed from a 30-year interstate loan from Russia.