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Budapest mayor praises police response to 2nd night of violent protests

Demszky, who is in the midst of a campaign to be re-elected, said that police were far more prepared and effective compared to the first night of riots when extremists stormed the state television building. He told MTI that their entire approach and tactics had completely changed and they had been able to nip violent protests in the bud. There were around 50 injuries overnight including one policeman, who was seriously hurt. Mounted police drove demonstrators out of Budapest's Köztársaság Square, where the governing MSZP party headquarters are located. While demonstrators regrouped and returned police managed to splinter them. Around 50 people were arrested. Other violent protests were similarly contained in other parts of the city, including the headquarters of state radio. (Mti)