Changes to Hungary’s constitution spur thousands to protest
Thousands of Hungarians gathered outside the country’s parliament in Budapest Saturday in protest at changes to the new constitution they say infringe on civil rights.
After a demonstration on Thursday, protestors and a number of NGOs including Amnesty International launched a second rally against a package of measures due to be adopted Monday.
The so-called ‘fourth amendment’ includes forcing students who receive state grants to stay and work in Hungary after their studies, and a limitation to the powers of the constitutional court.
Opponents claim the changes will accelerate an assault on democratic structures started by the Fidesz-led government in 2010, and have also drawn criticism from the European Commission.
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