The Chain Bridge lit up with the colours of the Hungarian flag on the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Trianon. (Photo: MTI)

Karacsony refuses to give go-ahead to light up Chain Bridge on St. Stephen’s Day

Budapest Fidesz politician Zsolt Lang has decried a decision by the leadership of Budapest not to allow the city's iconic Chain Bridge to be lit up for the St. Stephen's Day celebrations, which could not take place last year due to the pandemic.

Lang told daily Magyar Nemzet that the central government planned to hold the celebrations on August 20 with Europe’s biggest light and fireworks show visible along more than 4km of the Danube embankment from Petofi Bridge to Margaret Bridge.

The city’s other bridges will be lit up decoratively, he said, adding that Karacsony’s refusal to allow the same for Chain Bridge was yet another token of his “fight against the government”.

“We’ve got used to the left wing treating our national holidays as disposable,” he said, adding that on the March 15 national holiday this year Budapest’s streets had lacked national flags.

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