Thousands of Hungarians march in anti-Orban protest

'Vik-tator!': Thousands protest Orban government in Hungary

With 99 percent of the votes counted, data published by the Hungarian National Election Office last Sunday showed that Orban's Fidesz Party had won around 50 percent of the votes and secured 133 seats - a tight two-thirds majority - in the 199-seat parliament.

Tens of thousands of Hungarians have protested in Budapest against newly re-elected Prime Minister Viktor Orban, accusing him of rigging last weekend's vote.

In their Facebook post, the rally's organisers said: "Fidesz's election system and the government's hate campaign have pushed the majority into a one-third (parliamentary) minority".

Orban, who based his campaign on demonising migrants, blames Soros and organisations supported by his Open Society Foundations for wanting to allow thousands of immigrants into Hungary.

Protesters marched from the Opera House, a 19th century Neo-Renaissance palace on a majestic downtown avenue, to Parliament by the Danube River, waving Hungary's tricolor flag and the European Union flag, accompanied by whistles and horns blaring.

'Vik-tator!': Thousands protest Orban government in Hungary

Protest organisers, mainly students who have led a series of demos this year, want a recount, a non-partisan public media service, fresh elections and for the opposition to unite.

"We want to live in a state of law, where checks and balances are present, we want to live in a real democracy", protest organiser Viktor Gyetvai, 20, told AFP news agency. Last month, he said the government knew of 2000 "Soros mercenary army" members, paid to "transform Hungary into an immigrant country".

"We won, that's it", Orban said in response to the protests against him.

Many parties and movements opposed to Mr Orban's government, including the right-wing nationalist Jobbik, participated in the demonstration.

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