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Thousands protest Orban government 'slave law' in Budapest

Video by: Ethan HAJJI

Protesters threw smoke grenades at police who responded with tear gas in Budapest on Sunday as thousands of people rallied against a new “slave law” passed by the government of conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban. More than 15,000 people, according to local press reports, joined the demonstration the first rally since Orban returned to power in 2010 to bring together all opposition parties, from greens to the far right, under the same banner. The protest was called by unions and opposition parties outraged at reforms that hike the annual overtime hours that employers can demand from 250 to 400 hours and allows payment to be delayed by up to three years. The government says the changes are needed by employers short of manpower and will benefit those wanting to work extra hours. FRANCE 24's Owen Barnell and Ethan Hajji have the story.

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