Protest held outside Hungarian public broadcaster HQ

Protest held outside Hungarian public broadcaster HQ
Protest held outside Hungarian public broadcaster HQ. Image: @Persona99288848/Twitter

A protest has been held outside the headquarters of the Hungarian public broadcaster MTVA.

The demonstration was organised by the Hungarian MP Ákos Hadházy in order to express concerns about the treatment of education professionals in the country.

According to, various speakers addressed the crowd. The exchanges were opened with the phrase “Long live Hungarian freedom, Slava Ukraine”. 

Among the demands made by speakers at the event were the creation of the space of substantive and public dialogue on the renewal of education, as well as an end to the discrediting of teachers and the intimidation of educational professionals. 

As well as particular comments relating to the education system, demonstrators chanted slogans such as “Free country”, “Russians back home” and also waved national and EU flags. Broadcast images showed some demonstrators trying to light a fire in front of the headquarters by using torches, before it was put out by police. 

Hadházy, the organiser of the demonstration, is an independent left-wing MP for a Budapest district. In the past he has been criticised for refusing to take his member of parliament oath, therefore leaving his constituents without any parliamentary representation.

He subsequently did take the oath but has since been criticised for his behaviour in parliament, for example when he displayed a sign with a vulgar message during a debate. 

The MTVA headquarters have previously been a target for protesters, with a 2018 demonstration ending in scenes of vandalism as the building was pelted with eggs and glass panels were seriously damaged. 

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