Budapest (MTI) – Activists of a group dubbed “The City is for All” staged a protest at parliament on Friday against the “persecution of the homeless by the authorities” and set up twenty tents next to the Christmas tree standing on Kossuth Lajos Square.
The protesters demanded that lawmakers should pass legislation that guarantees the right to housing and develop proper policies for enforcing this right, the group said in a statement.
They also demand the utilisation of vacant properties, the development of a comprehensive social home rental system and a radical increase in support for accommodation. At least 300,000 people need affordable housing today, which is around twice the capacity that local council-owned properties can accommodate, they added.
According to the group, the ruling Fidesz party has since 2010 made the persecution of rough sleepers into a government policy.