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Hungary Suspends Internet Tax After Protests

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FILE - Demonstrators march through the streets of Budapest, as they protest against an internet tax planned to be introduced by the Hungarian government, for the second time in two days, in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 28, 2014.

FILE - Demonstrators march through the streets of Budapest, as they protest against an internet tax planned to be introduced by the Hungarian government, for the second time in two days, in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 28, 2014.

Hungary's prime minister says plans for a tax on Internet use have been suspended and will be taken under consideration next year.

Viktor Orban said Friday people have questioned the "rationality" of the issue.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets twice this week to protest the proposed tax.

Orban said a "national consultation" on the Internet tax will be held in January.

Critics say the tax was an attempt by the prime minister to silence dissent in the country.

Material for this report came from AP and AFP.

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