Government bashed again in third mass demo

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An estimated 10,000 people marched through Budapeset yesterday evening in a demonstration calling for the resignation of the top management of Hungary's tax authority (NAV). This was the third mass protest against the Fidesz Government in the past month, and Hungarian news portal index.hu speculates that a new opposition is emerging.

Mirorring the previous demonstration, which apparently made the government back away from a proposed internet tax, protesters last night gave an ultimatum to the government: If tax chief Ildikó Vida and her top managers do not resign in a week, another protest would be held on November 17 – in the capital and in many other cities as well. The protesters said that after November 17 they would not be asking anymore, but would use civil disobedience to force the government to back away.

The demonstration was organized by the “1000 milliárdan a tisztességes adózásért” Facebook page, which translates as 1,000 billion people for fair taxes. The page is backed by more than 10,000 likers, and the numbers are on a constant rise. The page was created after tax Vida admitted to be among the six people who are banned from the United States on charges of corruption. Her deputy is also reportedly on the list.

Zsolt Várady, the founder of the discontinued Hungarian social network site iWIW, was one of the leading speakers of the protest. He has been an advocate for a more transparent tax system. He urged people to keep putting pressure on the government to change things.

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