Hungary ‘slave law’: Thousands protest in Budapest

Thousands of protesters marched in the streets of Budapest on Friday evening as Hungarians continued to oppose Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s controversial “slave law”.

The amended law was approved Hungarian MPs on December 12 and has now been rubber-stamped by President Janos Ader.

Protesters headed to the Buda Castle, Ader’s presidential palace, to show their opposition to his signing of the legislation.

In previous protests, they had demonstrated at the Hungarian parliament and the state TV building.

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban said the law scraps “silly rules” and will facilitate those who want to earn more by working more.

In an interview with Hungarian state radio earlier on Friday, he defended the law, saying it was opposed by people “whose lies have no limits”.

It will allow employers to ask staff to work up to 400 extra hours per year of overtime, compared with the current limit of 250.

Protesters took part in a “peace march” led by spoof political party, the Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) “to support government policies, Christmas and snowfall” — the latest in a string of demonstrations stoked by the controversial legal reforms.

An “ironic peace march” started in Budapest at 6 pm CET as a cynical show of “gratitude” for what the Hungarian government did for workers.

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