The opposition Socialists (MSZP) on Saturday said free beaches around Lake Velence near Budapest need to be protected from closure and development.
Party board leader Ágnes Kunhalmi told an online press conference on Facebook that the party had organised a protest in Agárd on Saturday morning in order to prevent ruling “Fidesz cronies’ hunger for profits” from crowding out the interests of Velence Lake bathers.
Kunhalmi said that ever since 2010, there has been a trend around Hungary’s natural lakes with “NER knights” of the System of National Cooperation basically expropriating free beaches, where they start unrestricted construction and environmental damage.
Opposition representative of the Gárdony municipality Pál Eötvös told the press conference that local inhabitants, owners of holiday homes and bathers protest against the town’s ruling party leaders amending building regulations in a way that enables the sale and development of free beaches. He added that a local referendum could be arranged to stop this.
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