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Thousands march in anti-government demo

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Several thousand protestors marched in the sixth mass demonstration since October 26, peacefully demanding an end to corruption and the resignation of Hungary’s Tax and Customs Authority chief Ildikó Vida, who has been accused of corruption by U.S. authorities.

The crowd marched from Kossuth tér, over the chain bridge to the Castle of Buda, for music and speeches held outside the president's palace. As with the previous recent demonstrations, this one proved to be an occassion for speakers and protestors to vent general frustration with a range of government actions and policies.

Another demonstration planned for December 16 is meant to unify anti-government protestors. According to the Facebook page for the December 16 demonstration, which is to start at József Nádor tér at 6 p.m., that gathering will be held in an effort to unite the many people who have been going to anti-government demonstrations since October. 

Demonstrations of tens of thousands, and in one case 100,000, began on October 26, with opposition to a proposed internet tax, which was since abandoned by the government. Demonstrators have since made it clear that they have a multitude of problems with the current leadership.

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