Supporters of the opposition parties gathered in front of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon to protest against changes to the labour code adopted earlier in the day.
The protesters, many of whom chanted “down with the government”, marched from the Parliament building to Margaret Bridge and then on to ruling Fidesz headquarters near the City Park. Two demonstrators climbed on a balcony, while others attempted to enter the building.
The demonstration in front of the Fidesz building ended at 7pm, but participants went back to Parliament. By 9pm the crowd filled Kossuth Square in front of the building, and threw objects at the police cordon.
According to a police report, two officers were injured when they were sprayed with gas by a protester.
Earlier on Wednesday, parliament voted to extend the period employers may account overtime for the purpose of calculating wages and rest days from twelve months to three years, and to raise the upper threshold for annual overtime from 250 to 400 hours.
Budapest police said that the demonstrators have become more aggressive, provoking the officers and pelting eggs, beer cans and sound grenades at them. Although the commander ordered the officials to put on protective gear, five of them have been injured. To halt the aggressive crowd, police have used tear gas.
Some protesters tried to enter the Parliament Building but the officers thwarted the attempt.
Another group of demonstrators marched to the Chain Bridge and blocked traffic, Budapest police said.
SCANDAL IN THE HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT! ORBÁN HAILS “SLAVE LAW”, OPPOSITION PROTESTS
Parliament on Wednesday voted to extend the period employers may account overtime for the purpose of calculating wages and rest days from twelve months to three years, and to raise the upper threshold for annual overtime from 250 to 400 hours, read more HERE.