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Anti-government protest in Hungary draws thousands

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Anti-government protest in Hungary draws thousands

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Thousands gathered outside the Opera House in central Budapest to protest against what the organisers of the event see as “an unfair election system that gave Prime Minister Vicktor Orban a landslide victory after a ‘hate campaign’ against immigrants.”

In a Facebook post, organisers invited people “who would like a free Hungary and who want hate-free politics” to attend, mainly drawing younger generations.

A subsequent post demanded a recount of the votes in last week’s election, independent public media, a new election law, and more co-operation between the opposition.

In their post, the rally’s organizers said: “Fidesz’s election system and the government’s hate campaign have pushed the majority into a one-third (parliamentary) minority.”

The protesters marched towards the Hungarian parliament chanting “we are the majority.”

In last Sunday’s elections, Orban won a third straight term, granting his Fidesz party two-thirds of seats in parliament.