What Lies Beneath

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CROWDS: Protesters march in Budapest against lying PM Gyurcsány

At first it seemed clear-cut: when a tape recorder caught Hungary's Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány saying his party had "lied morning, evening and night" about the state of the economy to win re-election in April, protests — many of them violent — broke out across the country. Commentators around Europe attributed the eruption to the passion of outraged [an error occurred while processing this directive] citizens of a former dictatorship who expected more from their elected leaders.

But according to Gyurcsány's supporters, there's a more partisan root to the clashes as the country heads toward nationwide municipal elections on Oct. 1....

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