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Despite Fidesz remarks, Saturday demo still on

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Despite a promise from a government spokesman that the laws on assembly will not change, organizers said they will go ahead with their demonstration to object to potential restrictions on freedom of assembly. The protest is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Kossuth Lajos Tér, and more than 3,000 have signed on to a Facebook page saying they will go.

Organizers started planning the demonstration after Fidesz MP Gergely Gulyás said late in December that he believes the freedom of public assembly needs to be restricted. Yesterday, László L. Simon, state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the Hungarian government has no intention of amending the law on freedom of public assembly, and would not seek new restrictions on public gatherings.

But organizers voiced scepticism and promised to march anyway. “We are not cancelling the demonstration as we don’t believe Fidesz," a statement on the Facebook page said.

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