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Hungarian protesters demand ouster of government, complain about premier's dealings with Putin

  • Demonstrators gather   in front of the Hungarian Parliament building during an anti-goverment demonstration  in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.  The protesters demanded the ouster of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government on the eve of a visit to Hungary by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Organizer Balazs Gulyas said Sunday’s rally attended by around 3,000 people was meant to show “that the majority of the country does not support (Orban’s) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin.” (AP Photo/MTI,Tamas Kovacs)

    Demonstrators gather in front of the Hungarian Parliament building during an anti-goverment demonstration in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. The protesters demanded the ouster of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government on the eve of a visit to Hungary by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Organizer Balazs Gulyas said Sunday’s rally attended by around 3,000 people was meant to show “that the majority of the country does not support (Orban’s) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin.” (AP Photo/MTI,Tamas Kovacs)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators hold EU flags aloft as they attend an anti-goverment demonstration  in front of the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.   The protesters demanded the ouster of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government on the eve of a visit to Hungary by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Organizer Balazs Gulyas said Sunday’s rally attended by around 3,000 people was meant to show “that the majority of the country does not support (Orban’s) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin.”(AP Photo/MTI,Tamas Kovacs)

    Demonstrators hold EU flags aloft as they attend an anti-goverment demonstration in front of the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. The protesters demanded the ouster of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government on the eve of a visit to Hungary by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Organizer Balazs Gulyas said Sunday’s rally attended by around 3,000 people was meant to show “that the majority of the country does not support (Orban’s) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin.”(AP Photo/MTI,Tamas Kovacs)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chief organizer of the protest Balazs Gulyas addresses protestors during the anti-goverment demonstration in front of the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.  The protesters demanded the ouster of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government on the eve of a visit to Hungary by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Organizer Balazs Gulyas said Sunday’s rally attended by around 3,000 people was meant to show “that the majority of the country does not support (Orban’s) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin.”. AP Photo/MTI,Zoltan Mathe)

    Chief organizer of the protest Balazs Gulyas addresses protestors during the anti-goverment demonstration in front of the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. The protesters demanded the ouster of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government on the eve of a visit to Hungary by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Organizer Balazs Gulyas said Sunday’s rally attended by around 3,000 people was meant to show “that the majority of the country does not support (Orban’s) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin.”. AP Photo/MTI,Zoltan Mathe)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of protesters in Budapest are demanding the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Around 3,000 people attended the rally Sunday, which organizer Balazs Gulyas said was meant to show "that the majority of the country does not support (Orban's) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin."

Orban's dealings with Moscow, including an agreement for Russia to build new reactors at Hungary's nuclear power plant and a loan of 10 billion euros ($11.3 billion) to help finance the project, are expected to be on the agenda at Monday's meeting between the Hungarian and German leaders.

Protester Zsuzsa Cegledi complained about corruption, and how "everything is winding up in the pockets of Orban and his entourage."