Hungarians Stage Anti-Corruption Protest

Hungarians Stage Anti-Corruption ProtestHungarians Stage Anti-Corruption Protest

More than 10,000 people protested Monday in the Hungarian capital, demanding the ouster of the head of the tax authority and greater accountability from Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government.

The demonstration outside Parliament was spurred by anger over Orban’s refusal to dismiss Ildiko Vida, who along with some of her colleagues has been denied entrance into the United States because of alleged ties to corruption.

Vida has denied the allegations. The event, dubbed “Public Outrage Day,” was the fourth large anti-government rally held in Budapest in the past month. Smaller rallies were also held in 20 other Hungarian cities and in European capitals like London, Berlin and Stockholm, the AP reported.

The crowd dismantled some metal barriers near parliament and faced off with several dozen police in riot gear while singing the national anthem and chanting against Orban. Some protesters were trying to push police lines further up the parliament’s steps, but no violence was reported.

The largest protest in recent years was on Oct. 28, when tens of thousands rallied after the government announced plans to introduce a tax on Internet use. Three days later, Orban shelved the plan.