Protesters have damaged the unfinished pedestal of the controversial monument to victims of the German occupation of Hungary in 1944 after breaking down fencing around the construction work in central Szabadság tér. In another development as anger mounts over the government’s move to build the monument without consultation, the opposition Hungarian Socialist Party has launched a local referendum on whether the District V council should abandon the project.
Demonstrators have broken through the fencing several times since April 8, when construction began only two days after the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was returned to power in the national election on April 6.
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(Photo, of Budapest, October 1944: German Federal Archives)