70,000 march in Budapest to protest legislative attack on Central European University

Joe writes, "Hungarians rose up in one of the largest protests against the seven-year rule of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday, protesting against new legislation that could force out of the country one of its top international universities."

The Central European University (CEU), a school founded by U.S. financier George Soros, could be forced to leave Hungary after a bill passed in Parliament this week by Orban's Fidesz party set stringent, new conditions under which it must operate. The bill has led to criticism from hundreds of leading academics worldwide as well as from the U.S. government and the European Union. The protest drew some of the largest crowds against Orban's seven-year rule, with organizers estimating attendance around 70,000. The crowd marched across a bridge over the river Danube and filled the square outside Parliament, which was defended by several lines of police, some in riot gear.

Massive protest in Hungary against bill that could oust Soros university [Marton Dunai/Reuters]

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  1. Raise the rag!

  2. This is some crazy-ass bullshit. The law says the university can't enroll any new students in Hungary unless they open a campus in the US. There is also a weird requirement that they negotiate some kind of agreement with the US government. The reporting has been pretty vague as to what the agreement is supposed to be about though.

    Its kind of funny that this is a case of anti-Soros conspiracy mongering where Soros really is directly involved since his money pays for much of the university. But he's Hungarian, maybe the single most successful Hungarian alive, so its not much of a 'conspiracy' that he'd do something like found a major university for his home country. Kinda like imagining that Carnegie-Mellon University was a conspiracy.

  3. Some serious shit may have just hit the fan. Protests going on again, thousands marching in the streets right now after the President signed the bill.

  4. As long as the University deals in facts and critical thinking, it is a clear conspiracy against conservative values.

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