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Protest intensified in Hungary on Thursday as thousands took to the streets of the capital to march against new legislation dubbed by critics as the slave law.>>
> I've come to give a huge middle finger to the government and express that I'm really, really fed up.>> The labor reform allows employers to ask staff to work up to 400 hours per year of overtime.
It was pushed through on Wednesday by the ruling right-wing Fidesz Party of Prime-Minister Victor Orbán. The party also passed a law making the government exempt from independent control by the courts. Rights groups say this could lead to political interference in justice matters, but the government rejected this assumption.
The two votes were accompanied by opposition protest inside parliament and rioting outside. Around the 3,000 demonstrators gathered on Thursday, blocking traffic and shouting dirty Fidesz and Orbán go to hell. Since taking power in 2010, Orbán has eroded democratic checks and balances, stacking courts and watchdog institutions with loyalists, turning much of the media into a propaganda machine, and favoring friends in public procurement.
International partners have failed to stop him. In September, the European Parliament voted to impose sanctions on Hungary for flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights, and corruption. But Hungary rejected the accusations.