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Hungary: Activists blow whistles on prime minister's speech

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech during a ceremony celebrating the national holiday, the 169th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1848 revolution and war of independence against the Habsburg rule at the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech during a ceremony celebrating the national holiday, the 169th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1848 revolution and war of independence against the Habsburg rule at the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition activists with whistles and horns tried to spoil Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s commemorative speech of Hungary’s 1848 revolution against the Habsburgs in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Some scuffles broke out as Orban supporters tried to silence the whistling, but no serious violence was reported. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)

    Opposition activists with whistles and horns tried to spoil Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s commemorative speech of Hungary’s 1848 revolution against the Habsburgs in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Some scuffles broke out as Orban supporters tried to silence the whistling, but no serious violence was reported. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition activists with whistles and horns tried to spoil Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s commemorative speech of Hungary’s 1848 revolution against the Habsburgs in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Some scuffles broke out as Orban supporters tried to silence the whistling, but no serious violence was reported. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)

    Opposition activists with whistles and horns tried to spoil Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s commemorative speech of Hungary’s 1848 revolution against the Habsburgs in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Some scuffles broke out as Orban supporters tried to silence the whistling, but no serious violence was reported. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)  (The Associated Press)

Opposition activists with whistles and horns have tried to spoil Prime Minister Viktor Orban's speech commemorating Hungary's 1848 revolution against the Habsburgs.

Speaking outside the National Museum, Orban on Wednesday again took aim at the European Union bureaucracy in Brussels and international financial powers, saying they were not concerned about Hungary's past and future and that the country needs to be protected from migration.

Several hundred protesters, many of them supporters of the small opposition party Egyutt (Together), blew referee whistles and horns and made Orban's speech hard to hear in different areas around the National Museum.

Late Tuesday, a court order revoked a police ban on the whistling, but only Orban supporters with special invitations were allowed close to the platform from where the prime minister spoke.