5,000 demonstrators protest against PM in Hungary
Some five thousand demonstrators gathered on Castle Hill in Budapest on Saturday afternoon for the first of a series of nationwide demonstrations against Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, marking the anniversary of a speech he made, when he admitted to lyi
The protestors gathered in front of the Office of the President and played segments of the infamous speech over a loudspeaker system. A group of about 100 activists arrived at about 4:00 p.m. to join the mostly elderly crowd as the meeting got underway.
The activists had participated in a demonstration on the far side of the city and when they found the most direct route -- Chain Bridge -- closed for a weekend festival, some forced their way through the crowd of pedestrians with their vehicles anyway. Others chose alternative bridges.
Demonstrators, waving the red-and-white striped flags associated by many with the far right, made a point of halting dark-skinned and Asian tourists and preventing them from entering the square where the protest was underway.
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