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Celebrations as Hungary halts internet tax plan

6:57am GMT - 01:16

Protesters against a proposed tax on internet data traffic celebrate after the government shelved the plans. Yiming Woo reports.

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Thousands in Budapest celebrate after the government freezes plans to impose a tax on internet traffic. The proposal, aimed at bringing down Hungary's budget deficit, would have made people pay a fee on each gigabyte of data they use. People have taken to the streets in recent days to protest what they said would be unfair and a curb on free expression and access to information. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN SOCIAL NETWORK "IWIW" FOUNDER, ZSOLT VARADY, SAYING: "We have regained our belief that we are able to form our own country, and perhaps the most important thing that happened is that the masses turned from passivity into an active state." Others are sceptical the tax plans have gone away for good. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) PROTESTER, DANIEL SOOS, SAYING: "I think the government just wants to take the wind out of the sails and divert attention, they will wait until the enthusiasm of the protesters die down a bit. I think we have neither won a victory nor been defeated, it's just got postponed." The protests this week have been the largest since Prime Minister Viktor Orban took office four years ago. They've shown the frustrations some Hungarians feel over what they say is an autocratic rule.

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Celebrations as Hungary halts internet tax plan

6:57am GMT - 01:16

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