Demonstration in Budapest against the "tax on the Internet"

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More than 10,000 Hungarians protested, Sunday, Oct. 26 in Budapest, demanding the withdrawal of a government project of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to tax Internet use.

50 cents per gigabyte

I intended to replenish the coffers of the state, it is deemed undemocratic by his detractors. "If the tax is not removed within forty-eight hours we'll be back," said one of the organizers, Alas Guys, the crowd gathered outside the Ministry of Economy and brandishing placards with inscriptions "Free WiFi, the Internet and Hungary!! ".

The tax plan announced Tuesday by the Minister of Economy provides a sample of 150 fronts (0.50) per gigabyte transferred. The minister said that the tax was needed to fill the holes in the budget in 2015 in Hungary, one of the member countries of the European Union's most indebted. He also stated that this tax because it was just made up of consumers switching to the Internet at the expense of traditional phone lines.

"Undemocratic" law

The organizers told AFP that according to them, this tax actually restricted criticism against the government of Orban - often accused of authoritarianism - which are expressed primarily in the online media. Critics of the tax also fear negative effects for small entrepreneurs and access to information and education in poor areas.

"This is a retrograde idea, when most countries are trying to facilitate the access of the population to the Internet," said AFP Judit Nagy-Korsa 55 years. The proposed tax has been criticized in Brussels: Neelie Rose, the European commissioner responsible for new technologies, said in a tweet, that the tax was "a shame for users and a disgrace to the Hungarian government."


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author avatar Mutimut
28th Oct 2014 (#)

Nice post, thanks for share this.

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author avatar viewgreen
29th Oct 2014 (#)

I think this is a kind of Government in this world which restraint its society to have information from outside.
Great for share this informative article. Thank you.

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