Hungary’s International “Day of Public Outrage” – Live coverage

November 17, 2014

WE DEMAND!

  1. The immediate resignation and holding to account of public officials charged with corruption.
  2. The immediate investigation of the National Tax and Duty Authority (NAV)  by an international, independent body.
  3. The immediate rescinding of planned taxes and austerity measures.
  4. An independent, free press and freedom if information
  5. The immediate removal of the illegitimate government which has made a mockery of itself over the past 25 years with its country-debasing dilettantism.
  6. The setting up of an expert government chosen by an independent committee and representatives of the people.

We are not asking.  We are demanding!

We won’t be quit!

Miskolc, 17 November 2014

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BUDAPEST 20:55  Police reinforcements arrive to steps of parliament.

BUDAPEST 20:30  Scores of riot police gathered in front of National Tax and Duty Authority Dob street headquarters.

PÉCS 20:21   Crowd sings national anthum.  Disperses peacefully.

PÉCS 20:20  Holding hands in front of Pécs’s city hall, protesters chant “We won’t allow it!”  

PÉCS 20:20  Several hundred protesters arrive to Pécs city hall.

PÉCS 20:02 Demonstrators protest in front of local Fidesz headquarters.

BUDAPEST 19:55  Riot police push protesters back from steps of parliament into Kossuth square.

PÉCS 19:56  Crowd chants “I believe in democracy, I believe in equality”.

BUDAPEST 19:50  Stand off between remants of protesters and riot police on steps of parliament.

MISKOLC 19:48  Protest ends.

MISKOLC 19:36  Crowd sings Hungarian national anthem.

MISKOLC 19:45  Zoltán Tyetyák reads aloud petition.  Afterwards  symbolically “nails” petition to door of NAV.  VIDEO:  Text of petition:

WE DEMAND!

  • The immediate resignation and holding to account of public officials charged with corruption.
  • The immediate investigation of NAV by an international, independent body.
  • The immediate rescinding of planned taxes and austerity measures.
  • An independent, free press and freedom if information
  • The immediate removal of the illegitimate government which has made a mockery of itself over the past 25 years with its country debasing dilettantism.
  • The setting up of an expert government chosen by an independent committee and representatives of the people.

We are not asking.  We are demanding! We won’t be quit! Miskolc, 17 November 2014

PÉCS 19:42 Protesters demonstrate in front of NAV headquarters for five minutes before moving on in direction of local Fidesz headquarters.

PÉCS 19:32 Demonstrators protest cuts in social spending.

SZEGED 19:32  Protest organizer Tamás Kovács announces Szeged demonstration was the second largest after Budapest’s.

MISKOLC 19:30 “Let us demand Hungary for ourselves.  And when it it is ours, then we recite the great, honorable news of the past!”

PÉCS 19:30  Protesters march in direction of local tax authority headquarters.

MISKOLC 19:27  Large crowd still gathered in front of NAV headquarters.  Organizer tells them “I’m proud of you.  You know you have to go and shout at people!”

MISKOLC 19:26  Crowd starts to break up.

BUDAPEST 19:26

BUDAPEST 19:25

MISKOLC  19:23 Crowd arrives to NAV headquarters chanting “We won’t allow it!”

PÉCS 19:21 “The internet tax protest was an earthquake.  The rest are not only aftershocks.  The ground is still shaking!”

MISKOLC 19:20 Crowd marching to local tax authority headquarters, chanting “Viktator”, “Traitors”, and “Orban get out!”.

PÉCS 19:20 András Nagy-Bando tells crowd “We made a huge mistake not getting together like this before the spring election.”

PÉCS 19:17  Protesters hold mobile phones aloft.

MISKOLC 19:15  Protestors chanting “Ria, Ria, Hungaria!”

SZEGED 19:11  University Professor Attila Kiss reads closing statement to crowd.

SZEGED 19:10  Crowd singing Péter Máté”s “This Is My Home”.

PÉCS 19:10 Organizer András Nagy-Bandó tells protesters their numers are between 2000 and 3000.

MISKOLC 19:09  Organizer quotes dead comedian Géza Hofi to the crowd: “If the whorehouse isn’t doing well then it’s not the furniture you need to replace, but the whores!”

MISKOLC 19:07  “We need a real system change.  If we don’t do it now then Hungary is finished!”

MISKOLC 19:06  Speaker asks crowd “Who is living well today?”  Nobody raises their hand. MISKOLC 19:02  Crowd reacts to NAV president Ildikó Vida’s name with stream of expletives.

BUDAPEST 19:00  “We won’t be quiet” organizer Balász Nemes delivers closing speech.  Tells power that be to “go to Hell!” nemes balazs MISKOLC 18:56 Crowd swells to around 1000 protesters in Miskolc Heroes Square.

MISKOLC 19:00  VDSZ vice president József Bodnár tells crowd “we will not allow the tax increases, and we support the freedom fights.”

SZEGED 18:54  Woman’s activist Rita Antoni criticizes Fidesz-KDNP government as chauvenist.

MISKOLC 18:54  Rain starting to let up.  Crowd getting more and more passionate.

BUDAPEST 18:50

BUDAPEST 18:45 Soviet style flag with text “We will not be a colony”   2014-11-17_06-51-32  MISKOLC 18:46  Petition that is to be delivered to the Hungarian National Tax and Duty Authority.

SZEGED 18:46  Bencze Gálgo recites Jozsef Katon’s “Air!” to the crowd.

MISKOLC 18:45 Mayor “Ákos Kriza doesn’t give work to the people of Miskolc”. “To the rock quarry with him” chants crowd.

MISKOLC 18:44 “What should become of the traitors? To the rock quarries with them! Lead them back to work!” says speaker, ridiculing government’s public work program. BUDAPEST 18:44 Horváth says “I know about NAV scandals prosecutors haven’t even touched!”.

BUDAPEST 18:43  Horváth tells crowd that “Orban vs. Simicska battle is a joke to distract people’s attention.”

BUDAPEST 18:43  Former tax inspector András Horváth tells crowd “NAV is deleting tax authority records proving tax fraud”.   horvath andras SZEGED 18:42 Monika Fődi, mother, tells crowd “3 million hungry people tantamount to legal genocide”.

BUDAPEST 18:41  Crowd chanting “Orbán, get out!”

BUDAPEST 18:40  Former tax inspector-turned-whistleblower András Horváth tells crowd “I don’t blame America or Norway for complaining about corruption. I blame the Hungarian government”.

SZEGED 18:37  Protesters hold one minutes silence in memory of civil activist Milan Rozsa who took his life last Friday.

SZEGED 18:35  Protesters fill Klauzal square.

PÉCS 18:35  VIDEO: Crowd holds 30 seconds of silenc in memory of civil activist Milan Rozsa who took his own life last Friday.

MISKOLCS 18:31 Protesters hold one minute of silence in memory of civil activist Milan Rozsa who committed suicide last Friday.

SZEGED 18:26 Protesters chanting “Orbán get out!”

PÉCS 18:25  “What else? Gate tax? Air tax?”

MISKOLC 18:24 Ádam Paszternek tells crowd there is a “deep political, economic, and moral crisis in Hungary”.

MISKOLC 18:22 Hundreds of protesters brave rain to demand a “system change”.

MISKOLC 18:20 At least 500 protesters chant “Orbán get out!”.

PÉCS 18:20 Hanga Aradi reads out list of cultural institutions and art galleries that have closed.

PÉCS 18:18 Scultor István Böszörményi addresses crowd.

BUDAPEST 18:17  Protesters spill into neighboring streets and squares as Kossuth square completely fills up with protesters.

SZEGED  18:16  “Long live the revolution and freedom fight” newspaper montage parodying Fidesz propoganda.

SZEGED 18:14  Several hundred protesters gather in Szeged’s Klauzal’s square.

SZEGED 18:07 “We don’t want to be Fidesz’s slaves”

PÉCS 18:06 Milla head and Together co-chair Péter Juhász addresses the crowd.

PÉCS 18:04 “Into the dust bin with you!”

MISKOLC 18:00  Large numbers of protesters arriving despite rain.

MISKOLC 17:68  About 200 hundred protesters gather in the rain in Miskolc.

PÉCS 17:57  Several hundred demonstrators gather in Szechenyi square.

BUDAPEST 17:55  At least 10,000 people in front of parliament!

BUDAPEST 17:35  Protesters in Kossuth Square chant “Orban, be gone!”.  Sign is clever play on prime minister Viktor Orbán’s home town of Felcsút and Hungarian folk saying.

BUDAPEST 17:33 Protesters in Kossuth square. “Don’t cheat, don’t steal, don’t lie”.  Muse’s “Uprising” is playing.

BUDAPEST 17:32 Vender in traditional costume selling pretzels to the crowd.

PÉCS 17:35  Protesters demanding a “rule of law” state.

SZEGED 17:32 Protesters marching towards Klauzal square demanding “European democracy”.

BUDAPEST 17:30 Few thousand protesters gathered in Kossuth square.

_HDA0707 BUDAPEST 17:25  Riot police taking  up position in front of parliament.

Rendori keszupltsegBUDAPEST 17:20  Musicians playing Hungarian folk music.  Unclear whether they are part of the protest.

SZEGED  17:20 Street performance:  “The people” take the money back from “the oligarchs”.

SZEGED 17:18  Protesters dressed as “Fidesz oligarchs” push a wheelbarrow full of money around in Klauzal square.

SZEGED 17:15  Protesters demanding the resignation of Hungarian Tax authority president Ildikó Vida.

SZEGED 17:20  Around 150 protesters gather in Klauzal square, some dressed up as “Fidesz oligarchs”.

 BUDAPEST 17:27 – Prostesters starting to arrive to Kossuth square in front of Hungarian parliament.

_HDA0723SZEGED  17:25  Protesters depart from tax authority office in direction of Klauzal square.