Biggest anti-govt demonstration in years

According to the organisers, more than a hundred thousand people protested against the Fidesz-KDNP-government and the „unfair” elections in Budapest on Saturday, less than one week after the parliamentary elections, in which Viktor Orban’s party had won 50.32% of the votes.

The demonstration entitled „We are the majority – demonstration for democracy” was organised by civil activists but most opposition parties joined the event, including Jobbik, MSZP, Egyutt (Together) and Momentum. The crowd gathered in front of the Opera House and marched to the Parliament on Saturday afternoon. When the protestors at the front of the demonstration turned onto Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street from Andrassy 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.

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”.

There were many young people in the crowd, waving Hungarian flags, EU flags and various anti-government and pro-EU banners, there were right-wing and left-wing people as well, marching together. The protesters demanded new elections based on a fair electoral law. Many people were shouting „filthy Fidesz” and „Orban go away”.

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.The speakers announced that they are holding another demonstration next Saturday.

Source: Hungary Journal/MTI
Photo: MTI

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