Hungarians stage Budapest protest against internet tax

Thousands of protesters in the Hungarian capital Budapest have demanded a halt to a proposed law which would place a tax on internet use, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators held their mobile phones aloft outside the economy ministry and hurled old computer parts at the gates of the ruling Fidesz party.

Campaigners say the legislation is “anti-democratic” and will hit the poor.

Ministers have promised to place a cap on the tax.

The draft law, proposed by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, would levy a fee of 150 forints (€0.50; $0.60) per gigabyte of data traffic.

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