In Hungary’s capital Budapest, tens of thousands of people marched in support of the government on Saturday in a so-called “peace march.”
The rally comes as elections loom large eight days away.
The interior Ministry said 450,000 people took part; the local media estimated 100,000.
One supporter said: “the government did a lot of good things over the last four years, so we stand behind the government and we want them to continue, for the good of our children.”
The crowds gathered in Heroes’ Square at the end of the march to listen to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. In power since 2010, his party, the Fidesz, is tipped as the favourite to win.
“We came here today to tell each other, tell the country and the whole world: we ask for four more years, four more years!” Orban told the crowds who huge cheers.
Euronews correspondent in Budapest, Andrea Hajagos, says that in Hungary the last weekend before the election is always about huge events put on by the political parties, and about mobilising people.
On Sunday the left-wing opposition holds its rally along the same route.