A controversial labor bill dubbed the ‘slave law’ has sparked an angry public response in Hungary. Protesters have clashed with police outside the parliament as thousands staged a massive rally in Budapest.
Thousands of people marched through the Hungarian capital on Wednesday, in an attempt to discourage lawmakers from approving a controversial amendment to the labor law, backed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party.
Despite popular opposition, the bill was still adopted later the same day, prompting an angry crowd to gather outside of the parliament building in the evening. The protesters were chanting “traitors!” Some of them were also waving the EU flags.
Demonstrators attempted to push their way to the parliament’s entrance at some point, facing off with police officers in the riot gear, who blocked the gates, footage taken by RT’s Ruptly shows. Although the video showed that the situation was quite tense and many people caught in the jam could be heard screaming, there were no reports of any injuries.
Beating drums and waving national flags, the protesters also blocked the Margaret Bridge over the Danube River, situated not far from the parliament.