mandag 14. juni 2021

Opposition forces Orbán into U-turn over Chinese campus plan in Budapest

Protests against the construction of a Chinese university in Budapest have energised the Hungarian opposition ahead of elections next year, and forced the government into a rare U-turn. Outrage at plans to build a campus of Shanghai’s Fudan University became a rallying cry for the opposition, drawing thousands to protest in defiance of government regulations

Protests of more than 500 people are illegal, on Covid prevention grounds, although huge crowds can gather at football matches. So organisers planned multiple small protests across Budapest, which came together outside parliament, in Kossuth Square. The project has allowed opponents of prime minister Viktor Orbán to turn the nationalist rhetoric he has deployed so successfully in recent decades against his own government.