The left-wing newspaper Népszabadság („People's Freedom”) which was the official organ of the now defunct Communist party under the previous regime, stated
the country had not seen such a large demonstration since the end of Communism, under the article headline „Enormous Demonstration Stands by Orbán.”
The huge demonstration, estimated to have been 100,000 strong and claimed by the organisers to be as big as 400,000, came out in support of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has been savaged by many Western news reports, which have called him „authoritarian” and warned that he was moving the country away from its hard-won democracy, despite his record of resistance to Communism.
A Reuters report,
carried by the Star of Malasyia, quoted people in the demonstration, which stretched kilometres long through the Pest half of the capital, Budapest, ending at the Parliament building. Quoting Béla Petrick, a 22-year-old economy student, the report said:
"Those who are here, many of us also think things are not going in a good direction,but these mistakes should not lead to speculative attacks that serve the interests of nobody except the speculators."
He was referring to rating agencies, such as Standard and Poors, downgrading Hungary's currency and sovereign debt to „junk” status, which many believe is aimed at forcing unfavourable loan terms by the IMF on the country.
An Al Jazeera television report said the Hungarian marchers were primarily standing up for their country's sovereignty, and did not want the EU to impose an unelected government of technocrats on the country as had happened in Greece and Italy.
Political analyst, Zoltán Kiszelly, pointed to the fact that the size of the demonstration showed the main governing party, FIDESZ, was the strongest political force in Hungary.. He told Reuters:
"They have shown the political left that the street does not belong to them,.And they have sent a message to the government's partners abroad to stop trying to tell us what to do, the government is doing fine.The way the Italian or the Greek governments were removed will not work in Hungary, and early elections are out of the question with this kind of public support."
Magyar Nemzet (Hungarian Nation) carried videos
and photos showing the vast number of demonstrators.
Solidarity demonstrations took place in Poland and various cities around the world. One such demo took place before the offices of the New York Times, which has been a main critic of the Hungarian government.