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US Hungary: Thousands of students demonstrate against the Orban government

04:05  24 october  2020
04:05  24 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Plus de 10000 Hongrois, des étudiants pour l'essentiel, on marché à Budapest contre le gouvernement Orban à l'occasion de l'anniversaire de l'insurrection de 1956. © ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP More than 10,000 Hungarians, mostly students, marched in Budapest against the Orban government on the occasion of the anniversary of the 1956 uprising.

Over 10,000 Hungarians commemorated the 1956 uprising against the Soviet occupiers on Friday. On Friday, when no official event was organized by the nationalist government Viktor Orban, theater and film students called on Budapesters to take to the streets. In tribute to the fighters of 1956, but also to protest against the nationalist government of Viktor Orban which suppressed the autonomy of their university.

With our correspondent in Budapest, Florence La Bruyère

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More than 10,000 Hungarians marched to the sound of the revolutionary anthem, torch in hand. Zsuzsa, a grandmother from Budapest, is in solidarity with theater and film students. “I absolutely wanted to be here, with the students: they embody the revolution! The university must remain free.

Viktor Orban abolished the autonomy of the theater and film university and appointed an ultra-nationalist director, Attila Vidnyanszky, who wanted to introduce, in his own words, "national and patriotic ideas."

But the prime minister is met with unexpected resistance, observes Professor György Karsai, director of the theatre's doctoral school. “Apparently, Mr. Orban is only afraid of one layer of society: the youth. With youth he can do nothing. We can't buy them. And that is new. "

The students have been occupying their university for 53 days despite harassment from the authorities," recounts Balazs Dohy, who studies directing. “They had the internet cables ripped off. But some locals gave us modems, and then a lot of the students have internet on their phones. This is not the kind of action that will stop us! He laughs.

In front of the crowd vibrating in unison, a student called on the government to restore the autonomy of the University, enshrined in the Constitution.

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