Crowds of thousands protested over the cause of the Chinese university and against the government. It was among the protesters who, for the first time, felt the need to go out on the streets to demonstrate.
Destroy the evil Chinese Communist Party! – Encouraged to sign a petition with a leaflet distributed by a member of Falun Gong, a religious trend persecuted in China, early Saturday afternoon at Heroes’ Square, the “small underground” stop. Dozens of his companions performed meditation exercises nearby. The “Demonstration for the Student City, against Fidesz!” The participants of the demonstration, called the demonstration called Andrássy út, started to gather an hour before the start. The Hungarian government wants to build the Chinese Fudan University in Budapest, which picks up pepper tuition fees, with 5,000 billion, mostly Chinese loans and Chinese companies, at the expense of the Student City. “Fidesz is selling the housing and future of Hungarian students in order to bring the elite university of the Chinese dictatorship into the country,” he said in a call from the organizers. In the person of middle-aged Nikoletta, who works in a senior position, we also met a protester who was still a “strong Fidesz voter” in 2010, the first two-thirds. Since then, the situation has changed radically. He has seen for many years that Fidesz is moving in an “unacceptable direction”, but what has happened in the last good year is “already the surreal category”. You can’t go on like this, something has to be done about it. He never protested for Fidesz, but against him, he feels he has to. Nikoletta cited, among other things, the outsourcing of university foundations as an example and the hatred for which Fidesz was held responsible. “Hungarian people are not like the government. We are not so hateful and hateful, we are not so aloof. The Hungarians were a friendly people, ”he said with bitterness in his voice. It is optimistic that the Fidesz camp will not expand, on the contrary: in its circle of acquaintances, it will find that it will rather lose voters. – China does not have the research and teaching freedom that a university should have. Censorship tells us what can be taught and how, Gábor objected, who came to the demonstration with his student friend István. Gábor grew up on a homestead. If he had not been given a dormitory place, due to his family’s financial background, he would not have had a chance to pay a rent in Budapest. Even today, his parents in the countryside have sunk into “full apathy” from the news of the virus and the filth in politics, no longer following what is happening in public life. Gábor is not even sure that they were informed about the Fudan scandal at all. If we look at it from a purely scientific point of view, it would not be good for the country to pull east: a western university can produce much more real value, István confirmed his friend’s opinion. As a typical case, he mentioned that there has been a long process of secrecy around the Chinese vaccine, and it only became clear to the public for a long time in which groups the vaccine was tested. “I have been accumulating resentment against the government for a long time, and I want to voice that too,” he added. Like Gábor, he was prepared for Fidesz and the public media to try to downplay the significance of the demonstration. András Jámbor, chief organizer, founder of the Szikra Movement and parliamentary candidate, does not think that any demonstration will force Fidesz to back down. Protest still makes sense. The establishment of a Chinese university can be prevented by “a change of government, and I hope that this demonstration will contribute to a change of government,” he told our paper. No young girl in sunglasses wanted to comment anonymously. Then, however, he briefly summarized why he felt the need to participate in the demonstration. With a wide smile, without the slightest sign of temper, he said: he wanted to protest against essentially “everything Fidesz does”. We also spoke to a retired woman, Elizabeth, 67, who said she was demonstrating for the first time in her life. He is confident that something is really “starting” now, as more and more things are happening that are simply impossible to agree with. “I’m very fed up with this whole system, and Fudan University has set the gate,” he explained. The protest march would have started at four in the afternoon, but at the announced time, the lines at the entry points were still in full swing: the organizers only allowed the protesters into the area after presenting a security card. Those who did not have a vaccination certificate waited outside the cordons. The estimated mass of eight to ten thousand finally set off for half an hour towards Kossuth Square. Many brought a Tibetan flag with them, the SZFE mask or the T-shirt of the Society for Freedoms (HCLU) “frequent” were common to wear. “We will not be a colony!” Molino’s last word in Cyrillic also drew attention to the fact that, contrary to government propaganda, the country was not in danger from Brussels. To complement this, the Fidesz logo combined with the flag of communist China appeared. “A nation can be subjugated in two ways, by sword or debt!” – quoted Viktor Orbán as a poster depicting the Prime Minister of Fidesz as the Secretary General of the Chinese Party. “Today is Fudan, tomorrow is Tiananmen,” “The dictators are all failing,” protesters said. Some people made the figure funny: “Viktor! I told you my mom! ” A young man updated the Word, “Here you have to be afraid, you have to lick!” The demonstrators received a concert in Kossuth Square. The speakers – András Jámbor, Krisztina Baranyi, Mayor of Ferencváros, and civil activists – listed at length why all possible means should be taken against the implementation of Fudan University. Lastly, Mayor Gergely Karácsony, the prime ministerial candidate running in the opposition pre-election, gave a speech. He described the plan of the Chinese university as a moral suicide of Fidesz and stated: “with the Fudan case, we will begin to recapture Hungary from power”.
The Secretary of State talks about creating hysteria
They are protesting against unfounded rumors and press reports, said Tamás Schanda, secretary of state at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, who called the protest against Fudan University in China a source of political hysteria. The protest, he said, makes no sense because the process is still in the planning stages. There is no decision on costs or implementation, this is only expected in the second half of 2022, with approved plans. The secretary of state put it this way: if capital and district leaders are willing to finally work instead of “political clowning” and street sign initiators, they should help with preparations at the negotiating table. He believed that common sense makes it easy to see that the planned student city and the university complement each other well. Tamás Schanda added that Shanghai-based Fudan is one of the best universities in the world, with more than 4,500 faculty members teaching nearly 30,000 students, and boasts outstanding research results. This institution would choose Budapest as the location of its first foreign campus. MTI
Mayor Gergely Karácsony: The Fudan case is the final and complete moral suicide of Fidesz. Can there be a government in power in the country for which only power from the country is important? Krisztina Baranyi, Mayor of Ferencváros: “China is building even its own Trojan village with our money.” András Jámbor, the main organizer of the demonstration: We will prevent an elite university from being brought to Hungary on credit, where a Hungarian student is unlikely to study, and which will sniff out the best teachers from Hungarian universities. Áron Bereczki, Student Union Activist: The elite university that indebted the country is not ours, and never will be, because it serves only the interests of the elite.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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