Two opposition MPs were removed from the offices of the state-run broadcaster MTVA on Monday morning after demanding their petition be read on-air. The men were part of a group of opposition MPs saying overnight in the headquarters to ensure that the petition was broadcast. MTVA said in a statement that it had filed a complaint with police after the MPs repeatedly ignored warnings from security about entering blocked areas, harassed employees and tried to blackmail the broadcaster.
The statement read: “In the morning, the lawmakers again tried to enter the work areas.
“They regularly harassed the staff of MTVA, and they chased the workers along the corridors to work.
“Opposition politicians tried to blackmail MTVA that if they did not meet their wishes, thousands of angry people would ‘come in’ from the street.”
One of the politicians dragged out of the office, Ákos Hadkosy, took to Facebook after the incident, saying he had “no words” and that “the event showed we were in the evil bastion of power.”
The MPs were part of a nationwide protest on Sunday over a new law, dubbed the ‘slave law, passed by the Hungarian government last Wednesday.
The legislation allows employers to demand their employees work up to 400 hours of overtime per year, up from 250 hours.
This could constitute an extra working day a week.
The protest represents a wider malaise with the far-right political narrative of Hungarian President Viktor Orban.
Mr Orban has been criticised by Western leaders for his increasingly radical policies alongside his determination to stay in power.