While Hungarian citizens could choose between various kinds of entertaining programs on Friday, including an Air & Race Car Show in Budapest, Hungary’s opposition parties held political demonstrations to mark labour day. The opposition leaders have criticized harshly the social policy of Viktor Orbán’s government, demanding more respect, higher salaries and better life conditions for hard-working people.
Gábor Vona, leader of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, has announced that he would initiate a parliamentary debate on the re-introduction of death penalty. Vona also said that Jobbik was the party of the 21st century and it would never make alliance neither with left-wing opposition parties, nor with ruling Fidesz-KDNP, because those parties belong to the 20th century.
Ferenc Gyurcsány, former Socialist PM and leader of left-wing Democratic Coalition (DK) criticized harshly the government’s policy on public utility services and promised free drinking water and electricity for citizens in case DK would form the next government. András Schiffer, leader of green opposition LMP, has called for radical pay rise for workers and he also demanded the introduction of a fair multi-tier tax-system.
Besides political parties, Hungary’s trade unions have also held demonstration on 1st of May, sending strong messages to the government.
via mandiner.hu and MTI; photos: MTI