Several users have started posting videos on YouTube from the protest in Budapest. We present you some of them:
While thousands of protestors gathered in Budapest in front of the national assembly, they were joined by fellow compatriots in the cities of Pécs, Debrecen and Sopron among others.
Hungarian tv-station ATV reported of hundreds of people demonstrating in cities around Hungary. Events have also been organized on Facebook for London, Bristol, Berlin, Stockholm and Brussels.
A large number of riot police was sent out to meet the several thousand protesters that have gathered outside of the Hungarian parliament to show their dissatisfaction with the current political situation, corrupt public servants, taxation and the foreign policies of the ruling Fidesz party writes hvg.hu.
The demonstration in Budapest started at 18:00 local time and among others András Horváth, the former NAV (Hungarian Tax and Financial Control Administration) employee who warned about the VAT fraud practices of the NAV, held a speech to the crowd.
The Fidesz regime has made sure to remove as many EU symbols as possible from the parliament building. While it is a custom that all public offices in the European Union use both the national and EU flags, they removed it from the facade of the building earlier this year. In addition, the speaker of the parliament told today to remove the EU flag from the plenary room. The crowd protesting outside the parliament this evening shouted “where is the flag, where is the flag?”. A policeman tried to take the flag away from a protestor who waived it above their head, but the crowd chanted “don’t touch the flag, don’t touch the flag” and the policeman let go of the flag.
People also chanted “Ria, Ria, Norvégia” a play on the chant used on sports events, “Ria, Ria, Hungária”, referring to the ongoing series of disputes Norway has with the Hungarian government.
Recent protest have included EU and Norwegian flags.
Over twenty thousand people have on Facebook signaled that they will attend the demonstration named the “Public Day of Outcry” in front of the Hungarian Parliament, reports hvg.hu
The organizers of the demonstration ask people to join the protests against state corruption, over taxation of people and the foreign policies of the current government. In several towns in Hungary people have gathered to show their dissatisfaction with the status quo.
It’s been reported that over five hundred people gathered in Sopron, three hundred in Debrecen.
Also abroad, from London, Luxembourg and Bristol to Stockholm and Berlin, there have been demonstrations to show how they feel about the situation in Hungary.
The Hungarian parliament has removed all of the EU flags in the plenary room, according to hvg.hu.
This was done of instructions from the speaker of the parliament, Lászlo Kövér, who said that this is the plenary room of the Hungarian parliament. The ruling Fidesz regime has already removed the EU flag from front of the parliament building, replacing it with a Hungarian one.