Protesters again took to the streets in Budapest to demonstrate against the “slave law” on Thursday evening. The demonstration started peacefully but police later responded to aggressive protestors with tear gas.
“Free Country, Free University.” Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI
MTI correspondents reported from the site that several protesters were wearing masks despite the organisers asking participants at the start of the event not to cover their faces. The demonstration was announced by the Free University and Students Trade Union student groups.
Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI
The crowd started moving from Kossuth Square near Parliament at 6 pm and crossed over to Buda on Margaret Bridge where they marched along the riverbank and returned to Pest over Chain Bridge.
The crowd stopped in front of the prosecutor’ office in Markó Street and chanted “we demand free courts!” before moving back to Kossuth Square in front of Parliament where they almost completely filled the square. Some of the participants were holding Hungarian and European Union flags, as well as flags of the opposition Momentum, Jobbik, LMP and Párbeszéd parties.
Tear gas and clashes at the Parliament. Photo by Márton Mónus/MTI
Police formed several lines on the steps of the Parliament to protect the building.
Tear gas and clashes at the Parliament. Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI
The police chief said that police have been instructed to wear protective gear, including body shields and helmets.