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Protesters demand Hungarian PM resignation

Broadcast: 19/09/2006

Reporter: Tony Jones

There have been clashes in the centre of Budapest between riot police and thousands of protestors
demanding the resignation of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany.


TONY JONES: Now to the central European leader who was caught out telling the truth about his
nation's economy in a secret recording and now faces a public rebellion. Revelations of the
Hungarian PM's frank self assessment sparked a night of anti Government riots which left more than
150 people injured. Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Budapest, to demand
Prime Minister Gyurcsany's resignation. Demonstrators burned cars and tried to storm the offices of
the national broadcaster to make their demands live on television. The protest started after the
release of a secret recording in which the PM admitted lying to people morning and night about the
economy in order to win re-election.

FEREC GYURCSANY: It's obvious that we lied throughout the last year and a half to two years. It was
perfectly clear that what we were saying was completely untrue, and in the meantime we did
absolutely nothing for the last four years. You can't point to anything significant that the
Government has done during the past four years of which we can be proud.

TONY JONES: Police eventually dispersed the crowds using water cannon. The PM is vowing to hold on
to power.