I can’t see it happening here

People would just shrug, I think:

Tens of thousands of protesters have marched through the Hungarian capital Budapest against plans to tax internet use in the biggest anti-government demonstration for years.

Huge crowds gathered in the capital’s main squares and there were smaller rallies in six other cities.

The government has drafted a law which would levy a fee on each gigabyte of internet data transferred.

The EU has condemned it as a bad idea that could threaten political freedom.

Protests began in Hungary on Sunday, when demonstrators hurled old computer parts at the Budapest headquarters of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party.

Under the proposals, internet providers would be made to pay 150 forints (£0.40; €0.50; $0.60) per gigabyte of data traffic.

The fee is one of a series of measures proposed by the government to bring down the budget deficit.

The ruling Fidesz party has tried to stem the anger by proposing a 700-forint cap on the tax for individuals and 5,000 forints for businesses.

But opponents believe the tax reflects the increasingly authoritarian style of Mr Orban.

2 thoughts on “I can’t see it happening here

  1. Who needs internet taxes and government censorship when you already have Comcast to jack up the price and throttle the traffic they don’t want you to see?

  2. Next Tuesday, November 4th, the citizens of the USA get to stage a giant anti-government protest by voting. We get this same opportunity every two years. Sadly, millions of people will not take the opportunity to vote. Sadder still those who do vote will return to office the same sorry assholes already in office……….again. We get the opportunity to shit-can all of these liars and thieves every two years and we don’t. These egomaniacal incumbents get voted back into power year after year. What a waste of votes. We have seen the enemy and it is us. And the 1% laughs at us all the way to their bank.

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