Mass Protests Push Hungary to Cancel Controversial Internet Tax

October 13, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

Mass protests in Budapest this week against a proposed Internet usage tax apparently worked: Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday that his government would scrap the tax, at least for now.

“We are not Communists, we don’t govern against the people,” Mr. Orban said in his regular weekly interview on Hungarian radio. “We govern together with the people. So this tax, in this form, cannot be introduced.”

Protest organizers, who said the levy not only imposed a financial burden but threatened to restrict free speech, silence dissent, and access to information, celebrated the U-turn. “Mr. Orban admitted his defeat,” they said in a statement. “We are the people! And we the people have the right to rule the country.” A victory rally is planned for Friday evening.