October 25, 2006

PROTESTS CONTINUE IN HUNGARY

Police in Hungary are preparing for another night of unrest after protests in Budapest yesterday turned into overnight rioting. Regular street demonstrations began last month when Hungarian Prime Minster Ferenc Gyurcsany was caught on tape admitting that he lied repeatedly about the county┬┤s economy to win re-election. Hungary's largest opposition party is calling for a referendum on the prime minister's economic policy, which includes austerity measures to reduce the country's budget deficit, the largest in the European Union. Gyurcsany's package of reforms includes steps that could lead to the privatization of Hungary's systems of public health and education.

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