Fidesz agrees to postpone Saturday rally

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Hungary's biggest opposition party Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Party on Thursday said it had postponed its national rally, originally planned for September 23, until after the local elections on October 1.

The decision was taken after appeals were made to call off the rally in light of anti-government demonstrations that have turned violent over the past three days. On Wednesday, Fidesz asked representatives of the civil security service as well as the heads of the Budapest Police, the Budapest Civil Protection Directorate and the National Ambulance Service and, if necessary, the national security services, to form a working group in order to ensure security at the rally.
Minister in charge of the Prime Minister's Office Gy枚rgy Szilv谩ssy said the aforementioned groups had been asked to cooperate with Fidesz on the matter, but he saw no possibility of the Prime Minister's Office assisting with coordinating preparations for a rally by the opposition.
Also on Wednesday, President L谩szl贸 S贸lyom, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcs谩ny and House Speaker Katalin Szili made an appeal to the organizers of any demonstrations in the coming days to consider whether they could ensure that participants would not break the law.
On Wednesday evening, Minister of Justice and Law Enforcement J贸zsef Petr茅tei had made an appeal in a letter to Orb谩n to carefully consider the responsibility of the organizers of the rally. In separate statements on Wednesday, the government, Budapest mayor G谩bor Demszky and the head of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSzP) all asked Orb谩n to call off the weekend rally.

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