Violence erupts at protests in Hungary

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September 19, 2006 04:02

 
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Protesters clashed with police and stormed the headquarters of state television early Tuesday after setting fire to several cars - an increasing violent response to a leaked recording that caught Hungary's prime minister admitting officials had lied about the economy. Rescue services said at least 10 people were injured, including some police, as security officers fired tear gas and water cannon at rock-throwing protesters, who have been demanding the government resign. The violence came after a mainly peaceful protest outside parliament attended by several thousand people began late Sunday, when a recording made in May was leaked to local media in which Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admitted to repeatedly having lied to the country about the true state of the Hungarian economy to win April's elections.

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