Left Menu
Development News Edition

Hungarian protests intensify as Orban heads to Brussels


Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Thursday, resuming demonstrations that started on Wednesday against new legislation governing labour regulations and which would exempt government from independent control by the courts.

The ruling populist right-wing Fidesz party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban passed both new laws on Wednesday, over opposition protests inside parliament and rioting on the street.

Around 3,000 demonstrators gathered at parliament on Thursday and later blocked traffic on one of the bridges over the Danube, shouting "Dirty Fidesz" and "Orban go to hell."

"Discontent has brought us here ... one is the issue of the courts, which is the next phase of cementing their power," said Tamas Szabo, 65, who came with a Hungarian flag. "The other (law) is a slap on the face of working people."

"I've come to show a huge middle finger to the government," said Adam, a student, who declined to give his full name.

The protesters were mostly upset with labour rules, which allow employers to require up to 400 overtime hours per year.

Rights groups say the new law on administrative courts could lead to political interference in justice matters. The government rejected this assumption.

Orban has eroded democratic checks and balances since taking power in 2010, stacking courts and watchdog institutions with loyalists, turning much of the media into a propaganda machine, and favouring friends in public procurement.

In recent weeks, he chased a prominent U.S. private university out of the country and smoothed the way for a mammoth new pro-government media group, which formed as Orban associates donated vast media holdings to it.

International partners have failed to get him to stop. Orban is in Brussels for an EU summit, for talks on Brexit, the euro zone, migration and Russia, among others.

In September the European Parliament voted to impose sanctions on Hungary for flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption. Certain of the support from Poland, Hungary rejected the accusations.

Despite any popular resentment, Orban's reshuffle of the electoral system and the lack of a unified opposition has allowed him to retain a two-thirds parliament majority with only about a third of the electorate supporting him.

He continues to enjoy that much support, easily beating most of his rivals put together, polls show.

(Reporting by Marton Dunai Editing by Richard Balmforth)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Hyderabad Encounter: Time to review modern judiciary and restore people’s confidence

Its probably for the first time in the history of independent India, the parliamentarians, chief ministers and ministers in the Union and State governments are openly supporting an encounter. This indicates the people from top to bottom hav...

What happens to your outstanding loans if the bank falls?

... ...

Time for a change! Innovations to stop the growing plastic pollution

As the planet is drowning in plastic pollution, many new innovative approaches and solutions have emerged to effectively deal with the menace....

How to avoid fake universities and fishing bait like Farmington

As education sharks are roaming around to prey, we present a guide on how to mitigate hunters and reach to a genuine universityinstitute. In this era of commercialization of education, the fake universities and economic frauds in educationa...

Videos

Latest News

Golf-Stenson wins World Challenge as Woods fades to fourth

Henrik Stenson almost made albatross at the 15th hole en route to a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm at the Hero World Challenge on Saturday as tournament host Tiger Woods faded down the stretch in the Bahamas. Swede Stenson hit a mighty appr...

Russia, Belarus closer to resolving oil, gas issues, says Moscow

Russia and Belarus have come closer to resolving their differences on oil and gas supplies, Russias economy minister said on Saturday after talks between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Ale...

Microsoft discovers 44 million accounts using breached passwords

In a major security issue, 44 million Microsoft accounts were discovered using breached user names and passwords.As PC Mag reports, Microsofts threat research team scanned all accounts between January and March this year and compared them t...

Delhi Police arrests two persons for strangulating a girl

The Delhi Police on Saturday solved a case pertaining to the murder of a girl in Delhis Paschim Vihar area within 24 hours and arrested two persons in connection with the crime incident. Body of a girl belonging to Delhis Madipur village wa...

Give Feedback