Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Tens Of Thousands Protest Hungarian Election Results

Tens Of Thousands Protest Hungarian Election Results

During last week's election, Orban's ruling coalition, consisting of the conservative Fidesz party and Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP), won 49.6 percent of votes.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday.

In contrast to Orban's closing rally last week in his native Szekesfehervar, where the overwhelming majority of supporters were middle-aged and elderly people, the Budapest protest attracted many people from younger generations.

In their Facebook post, the rally's organisers said: "Fidesz's election system and the government's hate campaign have pushed the majority into a one-third (parliamentary) minority".

Hungary's incumbent is deemed a controversial figure among European Union leaders, having built his platform on a hard-line anti-immigration position.

Speakers who participated in the event denounced what they called Mr Orban's theft of the election, and the corruption and abuse of power they say characterises his rule.

There was also "a pervasive overlap of state and ruling party resources", the OSCE said in a report, rejected by Orban's ruling party.

The demonstrators, many of whom carried Hungary's tricolor national flag, were to march from Budapest's Opera House to Parliament near the Danube River.

"We want to live in a state of law, where checks and balances are present, we want to live in a real democracy", protest organiser Viktor Gyetvai, 20, told AFP news agency.

"Zero, zero, zero", 29-year-old Dia Szenasi said about the opposition, adding that all leftist parties should have joined forces to have a better chance of ousting Orban.

Many parties and movements opposed to Mr Orban's government, including the right-wing nationalist Jobbik, participated in the demonstration.

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