Opposition Together organizes demo for Sunday

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Opposition Együtt (Together) party is organizing a demonstration on Sunday at the Várkertbazár below Castle Hill, where Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is scheduled to deliver his yearly speech to evaluate developments in the country over the past year, according to reports.

The opposition party is organizing the demonstration to express its disapproval of the actions of a group of heavy-set bald men that prevented an opposition member of Parliament from submitting a proposal for a referendum to kill the Sunday closing law. This will be the second demonstration spurred by the event.

The demonstration entitled “My right is being stolen” has gathered more than 500 supporters who confirmed on a Facebook event page that they will attend the event beginning at 3:00 PM on February 28.

“It’s unacceptable that Fidesz uses bouncers to prevent Hungarian citizens from initiating referendums,” the party writes.

On Tuesday, opposition Socialist MP István Nyakó said his referendum call was disqualified because he could only submit a referendum question on the Sunday closings law to NVI after an elderly woman, who is said to be the wife of a former Fidesz mayor. According to reports, a dozen or so heavy-set men with shaved heads were present to ensure that the elderly woman was the first in line to submit her referendum question, ahead of the Socialist MP, thereby making Nyakó’s claim redundant.

Hungarian opposition parties reportedly charged ruling Fidesz party with influencing the outcome of the referendum question, however, the party denied such claims. A day after the events, Orbán urged the National Election Committee to recommend changes to regulations related to referendum initiations in order to prevent such events from happening in the future.

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