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Thousands of Hungarians protest against China-controlled university program

Updated June 5, 2021, 9:08 p.m.

  • Thousands of Hungarians have protested against the planned establishment of a Hungarian branch of Futan University in China.
  • Its purpose is to finance a facility controlled by the Chinese Communist Party from the money of Hungarian taxpayers.

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A thousand Hungary Protests erupted on Saturday against the establishment of a Hungarian branch of Futan University in China, planned by the right-wing national government. They criticized that it was one of the Communist Party The Chinese The restricted facility must be funded from the money of Hungarian taxpayers.

There was also outrage that Futan University should be built on a site in Budapest, which was originally intended to build cheap student dormitories. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the leader of the Fidesz party, has good relations with Beijing and has already vetoed EU decisions critical of China.

Opposition to the plan

The city is run by the opposition Budapest Against the plan. “The Futan issue is Fide’s final and complete suicide,” Mayor Gerzeli Caraconi told a rally in front of parliament in Budapest. The chairman of the Environmental Liberal City Hall is seen as a challenge to Orbans in the 2022 parliamentary election.

Circumcision of scientific freedom

Caraconi made it clear that the protest was not against China or the Chinese, but against Orban’s reduction of scientific freedom. He cited examples of the 2018 European expulsion of the Central European University (CEU) funded by US philanthropist George Soros and the political allotment of the Budapest Theater University, which began in 2020. (dpa / cdo)

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