Last Sunday on the 9th of April, up to 70,000 passionate Hungarians turned out to demand free education. They also had a clear message of support for the Central European University, which under new legislation could be forced out. Because its American-Hungarian financier, George Soros, has the institution registered in the United States, new laws would see the facility as illegal.
Activist and CEU student Daniel Berg is reported to have said “I think this is about freedom of knowledge, freedom of thinking, the free expression”. The quickly drawn up laws are yet to be signed by the Prime Minister Viktor Orban, it has been suggested that the right wing leader is willingly cracking down on sources of dissident behaviour.
This is one of the largest demonstrations Hungary has seen in modern days, and with so many people protesting about one key issue, the government may have to rethink their policy on this global institution of learning. It just goes to show that rushing knee jerk laws in without looking at the holistic consequences of their enforcement leaves politicians wide open for public dissatisfaction.
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