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Hungary: Budapest is burning again

Budapest is burning again. Last time was in Oktober 2006, when exposed lies of the Hungarian Prime Minister caused several days of heaviest riots in Budapest  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/09/346537.shtml. Most rioters belong to the Hungarian far-right. Protesters wave Hungarian and "Arpad" striped flags during the right wing party "MIEP" (Party of Hungarian Life and Truth) ceremony of the anniversary of the 1848 Revolution and Freedom fight in the Square of Heroes in Budapest. Hungarian police fired volleys of tear gas at thousands of violent far-right protestors who were staging an illegal demonstration in Budapest on Thursday.
BUDAPEST - Hungarian police fired volleys of tear gas at thousands of violent far-right protestors who were staging an illegal demonstration in Budapest on Thursday.

Protestors armed with stones and bottles had earlier attacked reporters, according to Hungarian news agency MTI whose correspondent was injured.

Hundreds of others, waving the historic Hungarian "Arpad" flag that has become a symbol of the far-right here, were on their way to the demonstration.

The protesters had gathered near a police precinct in downtown Budapest after receiving news that one of their comrades, wanted for inciting street riots in September and October, had been detained.

Those clashes were triggered by the leak of an audio tape in which Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admitted he misled voters on the economy to win parliamentary elections.

Intelligence services have been warning for several weeks that extremists were stocking up on weapons and planning coordinated attacks on Thursday, a national day marking the country's 1848 revolution against Habsburg rule.

Airspace over parts of the city was closed and more than 100 closed-circuit cameras were installed around the capital over the past few days.

The day is a traditional occasion for political rallies.

Earlier, the main right-wing opposition Fidesz party staged an anti-government rally with an estimated 200,000 sympathizers, including several thousand far-right supporters.


Website:  http://www.edoneo.org/buda.html

budapest rioters commandeer a tank 17.Mar.2007 08:39

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