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1,000 attend demo against ‘state of terror emergency’ law

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Approximately one thousand people attended a demonstration yesterday against the Hungarian government’s planned changes to the country’s fundamental law that would allow it to declare a special “state of terror emergency”, according to reports.

Deputy-President of MoMa Erzsébet Pusztai speaks at the demonstration yesterday. (Photo: MTI/Zsolt Szigetváry)

The demonstration was organized by Lajos Bokros and his Movement for a Modern Hungary (MoMa) opposition party. The party believes that this new state of emergency law is dangerous in that it could authorize the government to introduce curfews, state takeover of the media, limitation of ownership rights and suspension of other laws, according to reports.

Hungary’s governing party Fidesz held negotiations with other parties in the Parliament on January 12 about their proposed changes. Although opposition Socialists did not attend the negotiations, green party LMP said it objected to the proposal raised by Fidesz, while far-right radical Jobbik said it agreed with some parts of the proposal.

The translation by MoMa of the proposed changes can be read here.

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