News | News from Hungary: Massive demonstration against government’s actions for complicating NGOs’ work
We are civil society, we are free, we are Hungarians and we are Europeans
Budapest, 12 April 2017 – More than 100 Hungarian NGOs and tens of thousands of people joined the "Heroes' veto" event on Budapest's iconic Heroes' Square between 17.30-19.00 today at Heroes' Square, Budapest.
On the peaceful event, the crowd of people freed up a heart-shaped area with the word "Civil", symbolising that civil organisations are needed for Hungary. We are all part of the civil society and stand for our communities, for our environment, and for the freedom of thought.
The new NGO bill submitted to the Parliament would require NGOs which receive funds from foreign sources independently from Hungarian financial bodies in the annual amount of more than HUF 7.2 million to make an additional registration. The organisations affected by this bill amendment have operated in a transparent way, in compliance with the legislation. Information on the sources of financial support, their amount and their use has been always publicly available. This can be verified by observing the annual reports of each organisation.
The more than 100 Hungarian NGOs joining today's event reject the proposed stigmatisation of the new NGO bill. These organisations provide services for the society in a completely open and transparent manner: they protect children's rights, provide food to those in need, give shelter to homeless people, or work for a cleaner, more peaceful and healthier Hungary.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1178668815589658
Pictures and videos from the event will be available here (continuously updated from 20:30 UTC+2): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8iPCrEMgANYeGN1OHFfRUE0WFU
See this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungary-thousands-protest-govts-education-ngo-policies/2017/04/12/ab8b0858-1fa6-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html?utm_term=.b06bc821094c