According to some organizers at the anti internet tax rally held in Budapest Tuesday evening, Budapest has not seen this many people gathered for protest in 25 years.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktór Órbán and his ruling Fidesz party proposed a tax that would charge operators with 150 HUF (0,60 USD, 0,50 EUR) per gigabyte of traffic. While in opposition, in 2008, the party was against the introduction of such a tax.
The protesters chanted “zero internet tax”, “Orbán leave” and “corrupt Fidesz” Also shouting out “Ildikó, where are you?” referring to Ildikó Vida, the director of the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NAV). She was found by an RTL Klub TV-crew at Vienna’s Schwechat airport last Wednesday, leaving for what she called: “a vacation” together with the vice-president of the authority, Dezsöné Csillag. According to hvg.hu both of them, together with Marianna Dávida, also a director of NAV, have been issued a travel ban to the United States following allegations of corruption.