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Coalition disagreement on assembly regulation

The coalition parties are divided on planned modifications to standing assembly legislation.

The proposal by the government would stipulate that protesters could not attend demonstrations masked, and law enforcement agencies would have the jurisdiction to ban certain demonstrations if there is a legitimate concern of physical hostility. György Wiener of majority governing party MSzP said these recommendations presented by the government merely clarify passages of the currently valid regulations, thus MSzP stands firmly behind the planned amendments. Gábor Fodor of junior governing party SzDSz, and also one of the candidates for the party’s chairmanship said that no modification to the law is required, as it is sufficient to make sure demonstrations are held legally, and without becoming a threat to security. (Magyar Hírlap)