100,000 march in Hungary pro-government rally 

About 100,000 sympathizers of Hungary's government are marching to parliament in support of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has come under heavy criticism from the European Union for laws seen as curbing democracy.

The long procession dubbed the "Peace March for Hungary" left Heroes' Square at 1500 GMT (10 a.m. EST) on Saturday and began arriving two hours later at the Neo-Gothic legislature on the banks of the Danube River.

Many marchers carried Hungarian flags, candles, torches and signs expressing their support for Orban.

Seeking financial assistance from the EU and the International Monetary Fund, Orban this week said changes would be made to some of the laws which have prompted threats of court action by the EU and were approved last year by his party's two-thirds majority.

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