Demonstrators in Hungary violated a ban on public gatherings today, Monday, to demand an end to the nation’s lockdown restrictions, despite the high rate of coronavirus infections.
The demonstration was organized by the far-right “Our Homeland Movement” and about a thousand people participated in it, and broke through a security cordon for the police and marched towards Parliament in the center of Budapest and demanded an end to the restrictions imposed more than four months ago.
“The restrictions imposed since November 11th are being used to restrict our freedom … they are destroying our country,” said Laszlo Turuchkay, co-chair of the “Our Homeland Movement”.
The police issued a statement describing the demonstration as “irresponsible and dangerous,” and dispelled the organizers’ claims that it could be held legally if masks were worn and social distancing was observed.
The demonstrators gradually dispersed after the police began checking their identity documents.
An additional set of restrictions came into effect last week, including the mandatory closing of most stores and companies, and the suspension of education in schools, kindergartens and elementary schools until April 7.
Source: “The Independent”