January 3rd, 2012
05:46 AM ET

Huge crowds protest Hungary's new constitution

Tens of thousands of people protested against Hungary's new constitution in Budapest Monday night, demanding that Prime Minister Viktor Orban resign.

Crowds outside the city's opera house called the prime minister "Viktator" - a pun on "dictator" - as Orban and other dignitaries attended a gala inside.

Lasting nearly five hours, the protest was organized by opposition parties and civil society groups who say the new constitution is anti-democratic.

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed similar concerns last year, pushing Orban to commit to "the independence of the judiciary, a free press, and governmental transparency."

Orban and other officials left the gala celebrating the new constitution through back doors to avoid the demonstration.

The new constitution, which took effect on January 1, omits "republic" from Hungary's official name, and includes several paragraphs which Amnesty International says violate international human rights.

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  1. banasy©

    "....and includes several paragraphs which Amnesty International says violate international human rights."

    Such as...?

    January 3, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobita77

    I just wonder why don't I see this article on the main page CNN? Hunagry may not have oil or nuclear facility to be scarred off but it is still a country of where people need the media attention. So if you could be so kind.....

    January 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Me

    There were maybe 500 people, not tens of thousands! LOL
    And there is a protest beside the government today with hundreds of thousands of people! How about that?

    January 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |