Monday, September 18, 2006

Budapest: See what happens when politicians admit they lied

An interesting story is developing in the land formerly behind the Iron Curtain. Determined protesters in Budapest attempted to storm the studios of Hungary's state television station to broadcast their disapproval of the country's current government:

Protesters clashed with police and stormed the headquarters of state television early Tuesday, responding with violence to a leaked recording that caught Hungary's prime minister admitting the government "lied morning, evening and night" about the economy.

Rescue services said at least 50 people were injured as police fired tear gas and water cannon at rock-throwing protesters, who have been demanding the government resign.

The violence followed a mainly peaceful demonstration that began a day earlier outside parliament, after a recording made in May was leaked to local media. On it, Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admitted officials lied about government finances to win April's elections.

Despite the surge in violence involving dozens of the protesters, Gyurcsany said that he had no plans to resign.

It's too early to get a handle on this story. The AP article gives no details on who the protesters were. The cutline on the accompanying photo calls them "right-wing." Gyurcsany says he will not give in to a mob. Maybe we'll learn more later.

Update: Reuters has better coverage on the demonstrators. They are identified as rightists. The crowd also managed to damage a memorial to Russian soldiers too.

1 Comments:

Blogger Vigilante said...

Imagine! Last night I had the strangest dream!

9/19/2006  

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