Hungary far right demands exit from EU, burns flag at rally

By REUTERS
January 14, 2012 20:41

 
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BUDAPEST - Thousands protested against the EU on Saturday at a rally of the far-right Jobbik party, calling for Hungary's exit from the bloc and adding pressure on the government which is seeking a funding deal with the EU and IMF to avert insolvency.

Two MPs of Jobbik, the second biggest opposition party in Hungarian parliament, set an European Union flag on fire at the protest in front of the European Commission offices in Budapest.

"This week the EU declared war on Hungary in a very harsh and open way," Csanad Szegedi, a Jobbik member of European Parliament told the crowd of around 2,000 demonstrators.

After talks with lenders were derailed last month over a set of disputed laws, a plunging currency and spiking bond yields forced Prime Minister Viktor Orban's conservative government to back down and try to seek a fast agreement.

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