Two impromptu demos held

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Two impromptu demonstrations were held yesterday at Astoria in Pest and the BAH Csomópont overpass in Buda, in a traffic slowdown to protest new road tolls, according to reports. Police had secured a number of bridges in Budapest all day yesterday, as they were expecting impromptu demonstrations against the new vignette-based road toll system introduced in January, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported. 

Official permission for the demonstration had been denied, but several demonstrators reportedly said they would stage an unofficial protest. Zoltán Büki, the former MP of Együtt-PM, was in the process of organizing a country-wide road blockade originally scheduled for Sunday, against the road toll system.

The police, however, rejected Büki’s official request to hold the demonstration on numerous occasions, and Büki decided to cancel the event as a result. Büki however told Index following yesterday's two mini blockades that protesters are legally eligible to hold spontaneuous demonstrations.

Büki added that originally they had planned four mini blockades but due to the careful work of the police they were able to hold only two. "You can voluntarily come by and if you see something happening you can join, but I cannot recommend this" Büki said. Both demonstrations were disbursed in half an hour.

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