Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany is today fighting for his political survival after a night of anti-government rioting that has left some 150 people injured. Around 10 000 people took to the streets to call for the Socialist leader’s resignation, after the revelation of a tape-recorded speech in which he admitted lying over policy in order to win April’s general elections. An initially peaceful demonstration erupted into violence when protestors attempted to storm the state television building. Some succeeded in occupying the entrance of the building before riot police ejected them by force.
Cars were set alight and projectiles thrown; teargas was used to disperse the crowds. Protests had begun outside the Hungarian parliament following the radio broadcast on Sunday of a private speech by Gyurcsany to supporters, in which he said they had lied about tax cuts to win the election and had achieved nothing in power. The opposition Conservatives are leading the calls for his resignation.