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Hungary’s opposition plans more protests after ‘slave law’ passes

Tuesday 18/December/2018 - 07:49 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Hungary’s beleaguered political opposition has vowed to keep up the pressure on the country’s far-right prime minister، Viktor Orbán، after a week of protests in which thousands came on to the streets of Budapest، and four MPs were roughed up by security guards after attempting to get their demands across on state television، as the Guardian said.

The protests were triggered by a so-called “slave law”، passed amid chaotic scenes in the Hungarian parliament last Wednesday، which allows employers to force employees to work overtime، and lets them delay payment for up to three years. It was passed together with legislation that provides for greater government control over the court system، the latest move by Orbán’s Fidesz party to capture independent state institutions.

“We’re closely cooperating on a daily basis، and are planning roadblocks and further demonstrations if the president signs this into law،” said Tímea Szabó، of the opposition LMP party. She also said the opposition would announce civil disobedience action، though she refused to specify what it had in mind.
On Monday evening، about 2،000 people braved subzero temperatures to protest outside the headquarters of Hungarian state television، shouting slogans about Orbán and demanding opposition MPs be let on air. About a dozen MPs spent 24 hours inside the television headquarters trying unsuccessfully to speak to viewers. After scuffles with security guards، one MP was led away in an ambulance.

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