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Thousands of Hungarians enter again action against prime minister Orbán

Thousands of people in Budapest, Friday night again, the street merged to protest against the nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán. As in previous occasions, they demanded the repeal of the new rules around overtime.

After a march through the Hungarian capital, they gathered themselves in front of the parliament. It was the sixth mass meeting in ten days.

The occasion was the parliamentary decision in favour of a labour code, which stipulates that employers of their staff may require 400 hours of overtime per year.

The protesters speak of a ‘slavenwet’ that with effect from 1 January. The trade unions fear that, by devious way, a six-day workweek will be introduced.

The protesters expressed their indignation about other abuses, including the unilateral, regeringsvriendelijke coverage by the staatsomroep, the limitation of scientific freedom and the corruption among high government officials and their families.

Photo series: Re action against Orbán

Thousands of Hungarians the street were merged in order to protest against the nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán.
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After a march through the Hungarian capital Budapest, they gathered themselves in front of the parliament.
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It was the sixth mass meeting in ten days.
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The demonstrators demand the withdrawal of the new regulations concerning overtime.
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They call it a slavenwet.
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