Hungarian opposition lawmakers fined for parliament protest

FILE-In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo deputy of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) Agnes Kunhalmi holds up a sheet that reads 'You succumbed to the multinational corporations' among other oppositional lawmakers as they block the steps leading to the rostrum at the start of the plenary session of the parliament in Budapest. Dozens of Hungarian opposition lawmakers have been fined up to a month’s wages for their loud disruptions and protests inside parliament in December, as deputies were voting on changes to the labor code. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)
FILE- In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo oppositional lawmakers throw flyers from the balcony at the start of the plenary session of the parliament in Budapest. Dozens of Hungarian opposition lawmakers have been fined up to a month’s wages for their loud disruptions and protests inside parliament in December, as deputies were voting on changes to the labor code. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Dozens of Hungarian opposition lawmakers have been fined up to a month's wages for their loud disruptions and protests inside parliament in December, as deputies were voting on changes to the labor code.

Trade unions and opponents have criticized the bill approved by government-party deputies as a "slave law" benefiting employers.

Fines approved Tuesday by lawmakers from Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party for 36 members of the opposition totaled the equivalent of nearly $150,000, ranging from $1,290 to $6,450 per legislator.

The green Politics Can Be Different party, which had six lawmakers punished, said the fines should be donated to needy families, while the Socialist Party said they were proud of their actions against the "slave law."

The fines' amount was decided by Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover.

People also read these

Police, protesters clash in Armenia as leader...

Apr 16, 2018

Anti-government activists have blocked traffic in the Armenian capital over a recent change of...

Armenia protests: 70 arrested, including 2...

Apr 21, 2018

Armenian authorities say more than 70 people have been arrested, including two people suspected of...

Armenia's political transition unclear after PM's...

Apr 24, 2018

The abrupt resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan after two weeks of anti-government...

Talks between Armenian opposition, acting PM...

Apr 27, 2018

The leader of protests that forced out Armenia's longtime head took his campaign to the country's...

Armenia gets new leader, man who spearheaded the...

May 8, 2018

The man who spearheaded weeks of protests in Armenia was chosen to be the country's prime minister...

Sign up now!

About Us

24-7 Reporters publishes up-to-the-minute news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our certified reporters are among the most experienced, well-trained and talented across the globe, covering issues resonating progressives in every corner of the world.

Contact us: sales[at]24-7reporters.com