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18th December, 2018

Thousands demonstrate again at MTVA

Another large crowd gathered outside MTVA headquarters early Monday evening, on the fifth night of anti-government protests.

Democratic Coalition MP László Varju was taken out of the building on a stretcher, having reportedly been injured by security guards.

MP Ákos Hadházy said on the stage that those in power were so afraid that they would not allow the ambulance staff in.

Péter Márki-Zay, independent mayor of Hódmezővásárhely, joined the protests for the first time, and declared that it is not George Soros, but Fidesz that has brought “illegal immigrants and criminals” into Hungary with its residency bonds.

He described those in power as “just a populist kleptocracy, they are thieves without ideology”.

Affirming that “Hungary is not Viktor Orbán’s colony,” he said “we will struggle together until this system collapses.

“We do not know the day nor the hour, but it will end sometime, because this system has morally failed.”

Politicians representing parties from across the spectrum, from Momentum and Dialogue on the left to Jobbik president Tamás Sneider, addressed the crowd.

Tamás Székely, the head of the Chemical Trade Union, announced that if János Áder signs the “slavery bill” into law, then strikes would begin.

Áder must sign the bill by December 22.

After the speeches, chanting and the Two-Tailed Dog Party’s show of humorous images projected on to the wall behind riot police, the crowd left to demonstrate outside the headquarters of pro-government media holding Mediaworks.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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