BUDAPEST – Human chain for university autonomy

Thousands took part in a human chain that stretched from Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts – currently under a student blockade – to the parliament building, protesting against what many see as an attempt to curtail the institution’s academic freedom.

Participants passed down the university’s charter from the university building to the seat of the legislature in a show of solidarity after the entire senior management of the university stepped down on Monday (31 August) because of what they described as a complete loss of autonomy.

Students occupying the building demand the reinstatement of the university management and the resignation of Orbán-ally Attila Vidnyánszky, who chairs the university’s newly created board of trustees.

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