For the fourth time in five days, large crowds of protesters outside parliament in central Budapest on Sunday. The number has increased every day, and was now running at approximately 15,000 in the snow and freezing temperatures.
Late in the evening continued, about 2,000 demonstrators to the state-owned broadcaster MTV's headquarters in the outskirts of Budapest, where they chanted ”Tv is lying!”
Some of those now protesting are talking about ”revolution” and that the Orbán must resign. It will not happen, even if protests are bound to continue.
in Contrast, shows the course of events possibly where the boundary goes for what a halvauktoritär regime that Orbán can act. For the prime minister has committed at least three mistakes.
right-wing populist parties, which Orbán's Fidesz tend to portray themselves as standing up for ”ordinary people” against a malevolent elite. Often they combine a right-wing politics in social matters, with left-wing politics in the distribution concerns. It applies, for example, Poland's ruling party Law and justice has introduced generous child benefit and the reduction in the retirement age.
The controversial ”slaverilagen” goes in the opposite direction. It raises the amount of overtime an employer can request of their employees, from 250 to 400 hours a year. At the same time, the employer gets the opportunity to wait the full three years to pay out övertidslön.
the Overtime shall be governed by voluntary agreements called it, but most think that the few employees dare to say no. The concern is not reduced by the fact that there is a demand from the powerful multinational companies.
in a situation where the opposition can make him as big business lackey, and ordinary workers the enemy.
at the same time that this law was on Wednesday approved another controversial law, which creates a parallel system of courts, in practice, subordinate to the government.
This is precisely the type of ”reform,” which usually cause protests from the EUROPEAN union and various human rights organisations. At the same time, it is very abstract.
”No, to the administrative courts” do not so good on a banner. ”Stop slaverilagen” works better.
In Hungary, in principle, no refugees. Yet it continues Fideszlojala media to drum up the same message that has worked so well since 2015: the refugees are the big danger, He is the protector and financier George Soros the evil of the enemy.
In the state tv ignored the ongoing protests. News is reported about refugees and about the protests in France and other countries, but not in Hungary.
A regeringstrogen tabloid published in Friday faces of several protesters and urged readers to look them up and report them to the police. The headline on the front page was about the ”Soros vandals”.
on Soros in their reactions to the demonstrations. Finansmannens name is mentioned nine times in one press release from last Thursday, talking about how his ”invandringspositiva network” want to burn down the christmas tree outside parliament.
on Wednesday, the same day as the protests began, I picked up a copy of the free newspaper Lokál in the Budapest subway.
It had two news articles. One reported that Soros was behind the UN flyktingavtal which recently was signed in Morocco. In the second turn-He fixed that the new working hours act (thus the ”slaverilagen”) is in the workers ' interest.
In the long run it can be counter-productive to grind on with the propaganda instead of reporting on what is actually happening. It is no coincidence that MTV is one of the protesters ' targets.
the Previous protests against Fidesz and Orbán have been met with restraint from the police side. But this time they have taken to a much tougher, tear gas and pepper sprays.
Such a risk to radicalize some of the demonstrators and benefit more people.
at the same time has regeringssidan used brutal methods against the opposition. When private security guards dragged out the members of parliament of the tv building on Monday morning stood for and with the cops outside the door questioned their actions.https://twitter.com/b_novak/status/1074562662091108352
More members joined during the morning, with the requirement to read out a list of demands live on MTV.
This will of course not happen, but now the usually the lama and the fragmentation of the opposition have had their martyrs. Even earlier, during Wednesday's debate on the ”slaverilagen” had another member become known through live stream when he confronted when He was face-to-face in parliament.
For the opposition, all this represents a golden chance to unite in their opposition against Fidesz and winning sympathy from the new groups of the electorate.
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