Opposition politicians and their supporters braved freezing temperatures Saturday afternoon in Dunaújváros to protest the central Hungarian city’s refusal to allow a public debate between candidates for parliament.
Addressing the crowd of 200 or so demonstrators was Country for All Movement founder Márton Gulyás, Democratic Coalition politician Zsolt Mezei, Jobbik politician Tamás Pintér, and Momentum Movement politician Róbert Kaszó.
Gulyás told the gathering that it was necessary to create a situation in Dunaújváros and elsewhere in the country similar to what existed in Hódmezövásárhely in the mayoral by-election the previous Sunday in which the Fidesz-KDNP candidate was soundly defeated by an independent enjoying the backing of the political opposition.
Kaszó claimed that Dunaújváros mayor Gábor Cserna (Fidesz) himself gave the order not to allow the debate to go ahead.
The crowd offered taunting chants of “April 8th” and “Vásárhely,” in reference to next month’s general election and the surprise defeat of the Fidesz-KDNP candidate.