Internet Tax Protests in Hungary

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In late October, 2014, 100,000 protesters in Budapest rallied against the country's proposed internet tax. The tax, to be levied against Internet providers, would charge fees per gigabytes of data transferred. The Association of IT, Telecommunications and Electronics Companies has said that the planned tax would force them to raise prices. Protesters decried the tax as undemocratic, and also criticize the administration of Prime Minister Viktor Orban for numerous other special taxes against various sectors of industry in order to balance Hungary’s deficit. As a result of the pressure applied by demonstrators, Prime Minister Orban announced that the Internet tax would be scrapped from the draft budget.