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Hungarians Press on With Protests as Orban Takes Aim at Soros

  • Thousands rally in Budapest against Orban’s crackdown
  • Anti-government protests are ‘dress rehearsal’ for 2018 vote
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Anti-government protests resumed in Hungary after Prime Minister Viktor Orban said billionaire investor George Soros is the target of legislation to tighten rules on foreign colleges and civil-society groups for his support of open borders in Europe.

Thousands packed a square in central Budapest on Saturday evening to protest what they said were Orban’s attempts to quash dissenting voices in the European Union member state. Though smaller than some earlier demonstrations that drew tens of thousands, the protest over the traditional Easter holiday showed the resilience of the street opposition that produced the largest crowds against Orban since he took power in 2010.