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Protest­ing a ‘slave law’: Thou­sands of Hun­gar­i­ans protested in cities across the coun­try last week against the in­creas­ingly au­thor­i­tar­ian rule of na­tion­al­ist Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban. Pro­test­ers waved Hun­gar­ian and Euro­pean Union flags as they marched against a new law, dubbed the “slave law” by op­po­nents, that lets busi­nesses de­mand that em­ploy­ees work up to 400 hours a year of over­time—and al­lows com­pa­nies to de­lay com­pen­sa­tion for those hours for up to three years. An­other new law sets up a par­al­lel, politi­cized court sys­tem that gives the govern­ment con­trol over “pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion” cases such as elec­toral laws, cor­rup­tion, and the right to protest. Trade unions are call­ing for a gen­eral strike to op­pose the laws.

Alqu­nun: Es­caped

An­gry at Or­ban

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