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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

In some countries ...

... people take it seriously when the government lies to win an election.


Police gassing anti-government protesters in Budapest

Hungarian riot police use teargas against anti-government protesters
in front of the state television building in Budapest September 19, 2006.
[Photo: Karoly Arvai/Reuters]

And yes, I know it's the right wing that's demonstrating against a socialist government, but lies are lies no matter what your politics.

Hungarian police have used tear gas and water cannon to quell violent overnight protests in Budapest in which buildings were attacked and cars set alight.

The clashes happened during a rally demanding the resignation of PM Ferenc Gyurcsany, after it was revealed his government had lied during an election....

Mr Gyurcsany's comments, which sparked the violence, were heard in a tape of a meeting he had with his MPs a few weeks after April's election, and leaked to local media on Sunday.

In excerpts broadcast on state radio, Mr Gyurcsany says harsh economic reforms are needed.

"There is not much choice. There is not, because we screwed up. Not a little, a lot. No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have.

"Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years... You cannot quote any significant government measure we can be proud of, other than at the end we managed to bring the government back from the brink. Nothing."

In a speech sprinkled with obscenities, Mr Gyurcsany says: "We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening."

The prime minister has received the backing of Socialist MPs who on Monday voted unanimously to support him.

However, Hungary's President, Laszlo Solyom, said Mr Gyurcsany had created a "moral crisis", and opposition parties have called for his resignation.

Matyas Oersi, an MP with the Free Democrat Party — the junior coalition partner in the government — told the BBC: "It's a surprise — though understandable — that the people are angry at a political leader who, for the first time, is telling the truth: that the whole political class was lying."

Meanwhile, most of us here in the US pretty much sit on our hands as Dubya's administration tells one lie after another — and not just about the economy.

Via BBC.

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