US Hungary envoy under fire for attending protest

Andre Goodfriend, US charge d'affaires, answers journalist's question in the US Embassy of Budapest on October 24, 2014The top US diplomat in Hungary was under fire Tuesday after attending an anti-government protest, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government accusing him of interference amid a worsening of relations. Washington’s charge d’affaires, Andre Goodfriend, was photographed by local media among tens of thousands of protestors in Budapest on Sunday demanding Orban scrap a planned Internet tax. Goodfriend also tweeted from the event, writing: “Always good to see the mood… with my own eyes … I try to hear the full range of perspectives”. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said on Twitter that Goodfriend was not just observing but “influencing” the protest.

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