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Hungarian PM Blames Opposition for Budapest Rioting


Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany has blamed the right-wing opposition for riots in Budapest Monday that marred celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the country's 1956 revolt against Soviet rule.

In an address to parliament Tuesday, the socialist prime minister accused conservative opposition leader and former Prime Minister Viktor Orban of inciting extremists with inflammatory language.

For its part, Mr. Orban's Fidesz party again called for the prime minister's resignation because of alleged excessive force by police trying to quell the rioting.

Police used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets against hundreds of protesters in violence that left 167 people injured. Police also reported detaining 131 people.

Protesters have demanded that Mr. Gyurcsany resign. The protests started last month after he was heard on a leaked audiotape admitting that he lied repeatedly about the state of the country's economy in order to win re-election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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