'Largest Protest By Hungarians Ever', 14 April

  • 14 Apr 2018 1:10 AM
  • Budapest Business Journal
'Largest Protest By Hungarians Ever', 14 April
After the overwhelming victory of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party in Sunday’s Hungarian general election, what is being touted as the “largest protest of Hungarians to date” is being planned for April 14 at 5:30.p.m.

In a statement sent to international media outlets under the slogan “We are the majortiy”, the protesters refer to the prime minister as the “EuroTrump” and say they are denouncing the fact that Fidesz gained a supermajority of two-thirds of the seats in parliament “with just one-third of the votes”.

They complain of an “unfair election marked by widespread irregularities, a distorted media landscape, and hate-filled government propaganda”.  

The statement goes on to insist: “We, the majority of Hungarians, did not vote for Orbán. We are not scared of Orbán’s threat to retaliate against those who stand up for our democracy. We, the majority, will fight for the future of Hungary.”  


Photo: Anti-Govt Protest in 2017 Against Lex-CEU

The organizers, who are listed as Balazs Gulyas, Ors Lanyi, Viktor Gyetvai, Gergely Homonnay, Kristof Szilagyi, and Mark Dietrich, say there will be simultaneous protests in Debrecen, Győr, Nyíregyháza, and Pécs in Hungary, and others in Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris.

They are demanding “that the National Election Authority allow for an independent investigation into the voting irregularities that are being reported by Hungarian voters across the country”. 

Video below from 2014 when 100k people held an anti-government protest in Budapest.  The demonstrators rallied against a controversial internet tax law proposal, and said the country is turning anti-democratic and away from the EU.

Photos by MTI.

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