Tens Of Thousands Protest Hungarian Election Results

Tens Of Thousands Protest Hungarian Election Results

A similar number of people attended a pro-Orban demonstration last month.

Orban's ruling right-wing Fidesz party was already the clear victor of the election hours after polls closed last Sunday.

Hungary's ruling coalition headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban that includes party Fidesz and the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) received nearly half of the votes in the election held on April 8 and thus got a two-thirds majority in the country's parliament, the final results showed on Sunday. "We'll march as long as needed".

Protesters marched from the Opera House, a 19th century Neo-Renaissance palace on a majestic downtown avenue, to Parliament by the Danube River, waving Hungary's tricolor flag and the European Union flag, accompanied by whistles and horns blaring.

In their Facebook post, the rally's organisers said: "Fidesz's election system and the government's hate campaign have pushed the majority into a one-third (parliamentary) minority".

As demonstrators filled a large square outside Parliament, many were still walking on main roads leading there, chanting: "We are the majority".

On Tuesday, Orban told foreign reporters that the resounding win showed that voters want to stop the Hungarian born, Jewish, US billionaire philanthropist George Soros from interfering in the country.

The organisers of the anti-Orban protests have demanded a recount of all ballots, a new election law, a non-partisan public media, and better organised co-operation among parties opposed to the Fidesz government.

Many parties and movements opposed to Mr Orban's government, including the right-wing nationalist Jobbik, participated in the demonstration.

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