Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany was back in parliament today and insisting he will not resign. The Socialist leader admitted lying when he made pre-election tax cut promises, but said the demonstrators failed to understand economic reality: “I am extremely committed to fulfilling my programme,” he said. “Fiscal adjustment and reforms are very difficult for the people. But this is the only route for Hungary.”
Around 10 000 people took to the streets last night to call for the socialist leader’s resignation. The initially peaceful protests turned violent when demonstrators broke into the state television centre. Cars were set alight and projectiles thrown while police used teargas to disperse the crowds.