Viktor Orbán’s conservative-nationalist Fidesz party won the April 3 Hungarian general elections, but failed to achieve the required votes on an anti-LGBTI referendum, reports Dick Nichols.
Luke Cooper reports on his visit to Hungary, a European Union member state where democratic freedoms are no longer taken for granted.
Over the past seven years of Hungary’s right-wing Viktor Orban regime, there were no strong protest waves — until now.
Every day, groups are popping up across Budapest demanding Orban resign. Every two-to-three days, masses gather to protest against new undemocratic laws proposed by the ruling Fidesz party in parliament.
The two biggest protests happened within just one week. The first major protest took place on April 9. It started as a protest against the so-called Lex CEU law that attacks academic freedom and ended with the masses marching on the Fidesz head office.