Late in the afternoon there were riots and clashes against the police, as on previous occasions, in front of the office of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán.
Students and teachers once again take to the streets of Budapest in protest against a law on the education system and the statute for teachers. They are calling for a referendum on national education and for organizing a coalition that encompasses workers in the public and private sectors.
Protesters demand a referendum on National Education
“There is no culture of solidarity in our country, because communism lasted so long that there is no tradition of solidarity, democracy or rule of law, Hungary could not develop decades of democratic tradition. At the moment, we only have a pseudo-democracy to get money from the European Union”, denounced Lili Pankotai, one of the leaders of these student protests.
The so-called statute law would harm both teachers, students and parents of students, the protesters say. ((before the Minister of the Interior and the headquarters of the Government.
“I’m just fed up with what I see. All my friends go abroad because this country can’t give them what they need. And there is no end to this, because the government doesn’t give in,” said young protester Anna Székely.
The Hungarian government softened the proposal just before the demonstration
Hours before the demonstration, the Hungarian government made the education bill more flexible, eliminating, for example, a measure that regulates the lax dismissal of teachers. An important change since one of the most controversial aspects of the proposal was the notice period for layoffs.
Riots and clashes with police
“The last time there was a protest against the proposed status quo was on April 24 in Budapest, when tear gas was fired at students protesting outside the prime minister’s office.”
Late in the afternoon there were riots and clashes against the police, as on previous occasions, in front of the office of the Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán.