Several hundred people marched from Deák Square to Parliament yesterday evening to protest the government’s immigration policy, especially the “national consultation on immigration and terrorism,” hvg.hu reports.
The protesters listened to speeches after gathering in the central Budapest square. Several immigrants spoke, emphasizing that they had to flee their countries because of terrorism, so they do not understand why they are being labelled as “terrorists” by the government. One of them said he felt welcomed by Hungarians, and is grateful to the state of Hungary for receiving him. Ferenc Kőszeg, the co-founder of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is voicing obsolete ideas merely to try and stop the drop in public support for himself and his party.
After marching to Parliament the protesters made paper ships out of the “national consultation” questionnaires sent to households across the country and lit candles to remember the several thousand migrants who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean. The initiative cost a reported HUF 1 billion, or twice as much as the state spends on the provision of refugees and immigrants every year.