Hungary: Thousands march through Budapest demanding academic freedom
By Abiodun Ogundairo
31 October 2020 | 2:57 pm
People have been venting their anger at Viktor Orban's decision to undermine academic freedom. The march took place intentionally on October 23 to coincide with the anniversary of Hungary's anti-Soviet uprising in 1956.
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