Hungary: ‘Fidesz blockaded’

8 March 2013 – Presseurop Népszabadság


Several dozen demonstrators protesting against yet more changes to Hungary’s constitution on Thursday occupied the the courtyard of the building where Fidesz, the ruling conservative party, has its headquarters.

On March 11, the parliament in Budapest is set to vote on further changes to the Fundamental Law, which has replaced the constitution since January 1, 2012 — the fourth such vote in two years.

The Orbán government says the changes are simply technical modifications, while the demonstrators insist that the "fourth amendment" is a threat to democracy.

The changes to the constitution has also attracted criticism from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council. Another opposition demonstration will be held in front of the Hungarian parliament building on March 9.

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