Thousands of demonstrators gathered again in downtown Budapest to protest against the government’s plan to tax internet use on Tuesday evening. The protest started at József Nádor Square in Budapest’s 5th district and moved across the Danube to the Kilometre Zero sign in Buda. Zsolt Várady, a founder of Hungarian public media website iwiw, told protesters filling the square that by moving to the sign, they want to show the government how much tax they are willing to pay for internet use.
“The internet tax is a symbol of the government’s despotism,” he said and added that “we are many and our goals are clear, so we will be able to prevent the introduction of the tax.” Student activist Károly Füzessy invited PM Viktor Orbán for a public debate about the tax and added that if Orbán cannot be convinced and a “national consultation” is not started, then protests will continue. Füzessy said they would not let parliament pass the law on the internet tax and called on protesters to gather again on the day of the vote to prevent “the introduction of this unfair and unnecessary tax.”
Meanwhile ruling party FIDESZ’s parliamentary group submitted to parliament an amendment proposal on the planned tax on Monday. The motion calls for capping the tax to be levied on internet traffic at 700 HUF (2.3 EUR) per month after private subscribers and at 5,000 HUF per month after companies. Parliament is expected to vote on the bill on 18th of November.
via hungarymatters.hu photo: János Marjai – MTI