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Demonstration for education held in capital

Civil groups, unions and student organisations held a demonstration for the development of education on the March 15 national holiday in Budapest on Wednesday.

The demonstration, dubbed Freedom March, was organised by the Adom student organisation, teachers unions PSZ and PDSZ, the Civil Base group and the Unified Student Front. Participants gathered at Heroes’ Square in downtown Budapest before marching along Andrassy Avenue to a stage at the intersection with Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Road.

Before the march, Fruzsina Schermann, the head of Adom, and Akos Bozai, the organisation’s spokesman, said they were fighting “for a more loving and honest country in an increasingly illiberal democracy”.

They criticised the government for “treating teachers as scapegoats”, blaming the interior minister, the state secretary in charge of education and politicians for the current situation.

“Let this day be about unity and cohesion,” they said.

The protestors waved Hungarian and European Union flags, along with flags made from chequered shirts, a garment that has become associated with teacher demonstrations. They chanted “Free country, free education!” and “No teachers, no future!”.

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