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Thousands of people in Hungary have protested against austerity measures introduced by the government, including cuts in early retirement benefits.
It was the biggest rally since regular demonstrations against the centre-right cabinet of Prime Minister Viktor Orban began in April.
Many were dressed as clowns, after Mr Orban's alleged pledge to send his "clown affairs secretary" to negotiate.
Policemen, firemen and soldiers were at the forefront of the demonstrations across Hungary on Thursday.
In several cities, including Budapest, the capital, union members drove their cars in orderly processions to slow down traffic and call attention to what they say are unjust and one-sided government decisions.