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Hungarian protests more muted in the second week

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Hungarian protests more muted in the second week


The tenor of protests against the Prime Minister in Hungary, has become more muted as the second week begins, and there are signs of divisions amongst activists. Members of the organising committee presented a petition to Parliament, but other protestors argued they did not support the initiative.

The activists’ message is still the same however. They want the Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany to step down, after his admission that he lied to voters to win re-election. But Gyurcsany is refusing to resign. On Saturday evening, tens of thousands of people gathered in Budapest to vent their displeasure. There was little of the violence of earlier rallies but it was still a far cry from the currently almost festive atmosphere outside Budapest’s parliament.

Analysts say nonetheless Sunday’s local elections will provide the true test of how much damage has been inflicted on the Prime Minister. The opposition says if it wins more than half the vote, the Hungarian people will have ousted the government – in act, if not in law.

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