Thousands Protest in Budapest, Call for Increased Education Funding

Thousands of members of Budapest’s academic community marched through the city towards the national parliament on April 2 in protest of pending legislation that could forcibly close Central European University, a school founded by George Soros.

The legislation has been perceived as an attack on civil society organizations, most notably those backed by Soros, a Hungarian-American philanthropist whome Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused of violating the country’s higher education graduation system.

The legislation sets up regulations for “foreign” universities, effectively applying only to Central European University. The US State Department has condemned the bill.

CEU, founded in 1991, is accredited in the United States and Hungary. Credit: Instagram/shaltoutsara via Storyful