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Budapest: thousands support anti-corruption protests

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Thousands of Hungarians have marched through the streets of the capital Budapest protesting against alleged corruption at the country’s tax authority.

In particular they are calling for the resignation of Hungary’s tax chief after she admitted she is among several government officials barred entry into the US on charges of corruption.

Many of the demonstrators directed their anger at Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

“I bet that at least half of the people who are here now voted for the ruling Fidesz party before, but they regret it now, but Orbán thinks he can do anything and act as if we are stupid,” said one demonstrator.

“I think that there will be more protests because of this, and the management should resign, a change should happen, the government should change and shouldn’t hush up these things,” complained another.

Recently massive street protests forced Orban to rethink plans to introduce a controversial tax on internet use. It was a dramatic U-turn for a leader who rules with a big parliamentary majority.

Reporting for euronews, Andrea Hajagos said:
“The protesters hope that with this demonstration they can repeat the success they had with the internet tax demos. If this doesn’t happen, the organisers say they are going to protest again on November 17.”

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