Thousands of Hungarians turned out on Tuesday (December 16) to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and to protest against tax hikes and perceived political corruption.
It was the latest in a series of anti-government demonstrations in a month which has seen the approval rating of the ruling Fidesz party fall by 10 percent.
One protester said the current government was not what voters had expected: “We thought Fidesz would recognise or at least acknowledge political opinion after the Socialists, but we were wrong. They decide everything alone, they have enough seats for it. They just sit in the parliament and push the button.”
Another hoped for the government to quit: “The best thing would be if the government resigned and left the parliament all together with the opposition. But I’m not so optimistic, so I just want them to withdraw their shocking bills.”
In the past weeks Orban has had to back down from a plan to tax internet usage that provoked huge protests. But Tuesday’s march also criticised a weakening of democracy as well as unpopular reforms to education.
Reporting for euronews from Budapest, Attila Magyar said the protesters intend to keep up the pressure on the government well into next year and would be holding their next rally at the beginning of January.