Opposition DK and other parties have slammed the violent harassment of anti-government protesters by participants at Sunday's state celebrations commemorating Hungary's 1956 revolution.
The Democratic Coalition (DK) said that the way Sunday's celebrations had been conducted, namely that the prime minister delivered his speech behind cordons and surrounded by members of the security service while protestors demonstrating against him were violently assaulted, were serious warning signs for Viktor Orbán. Anti-government protesters used referee whistles, horns and rattlers to disrupt Orbán's speech at Kossuth Square in front of Parliament. Several fights broke out between demonstrators and those who were there to listen to their prime minister.
DK spokesperson Zsolt Gréczy said that after the past weekend, Orbán had lost the moral grounds to be outraged over the events of the autumn of 2006, when anti-government protests regularly turned violent, leading to clashes between protestors and police. Gréczy said DK had chosen not to take part in the protest at Kossuth Square because they considered it important to mark the national holiday with dignity.
Meanwhile, the Dialogue Party has called on the police to review footage of Sunday's atrocities and launch investigations against those who had assaulted protestors. Dialogue board member Richárd Barabás told a press conference that the unity of the national holiday had been violated by physical abuse. Barabás stated that those who had assaulted the protestors had been "riled up" by the prime minister.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:59