100,000 demonstrated against Internet taxes

 
100,000 demonstrated against Internet taxes
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Around 100,000 demonstrated in Hungary's capital Budapest in protest against the government's plan to impose a tax on data traffic.

The Hungarian government let last week put forward a proposal to tax data traffic with 150 forint per gigabyte.

After analysts pointed out that the proposal would lead to the tax on the data traffic was greater than the total revenue of the traffic, the government changed the proposal.

The new proposal puts max tax of 700 forint a month for individuals and 5,000 forint for companies.

The change was not enough to satisfy the protesters who on Tuesday night poured into the streets of Hungary.

The demonstration was organized on Facebook and many of the protesters were young and well-educated.

The Hungarian internet entrepreneur Zsolt Varady spoke to the masses, saying that the tax threatened to undermine the Internet's freedom.

The demonstration in Budapest was the largest since the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Fidesz party came to power in 2010.

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