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Hungarians gather in front of the parliament building during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Budapest on November 17, 2014.

Hundreds of Hungarians have taken to the streets of the capital Budapest to protest against alleged government corruption, austerity measures, and worsening social welfare.

Some 2,500 people staged a rally outside the Hungarian Parliament building on Sunday.

The protesters carried placards and banners criticizing some senior members of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government for their alleged roles in recent corruption cases.

Hungary’s 2015 state budget, slated to be approved on Monday, is unworthy of the country, chief protest organizer Zoltan Vajda said.

“The government is a lie,” Vajda noted, adding, “Their whole system is based on lies and Orban himself is a lie.”

Hungary has been the scene of a series of anti-government protests since October when tens of thousands marched to demand the drop of a proposed tax on internet usage.

The government scrapped the plan, marking Orban’s first major policy retreat since 2010.

Massive protest rallies have taken place since then against Orban’s policies and corruption in the country’s tax collection agency.


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