Hungary: Protesters march in Budapest against Ukrainian language law




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Published on Sep 15, 2017

Dozens of people gathered outside the Ukrainian embassy in Budapest on Friday, to protest Ukraine's new education law that is set to allegedly limit the right for minorities to speak in their mother tongue, causing uproar in Hungary over the fate of Ukraine's historical Hungarian minority.

Pal Zsigmond Barna, Fidesz party delegate of Hungarians outside of Hungary (Hungarian): "The Fidesz party protests most strongly against the proposal law that has been accepted by the Ukrainian parliament. The 'seventh article' is an unprecedented action against law, which deprives the fundamental rights of national minorities to learn in their native languages."

Lorinc Nacsa, member of Youth Christian Democratic Alliance (Hungarian): "With this move Ukraine kicks the Hungarian-Ukrainian basic treaty, kicks the association agreements with the EU, kicks several international conventions, and kicks its own constitution."

Laszlo Borocz, President of Fidelitas (Hungarian): "We demand the withdrawal of the planned law modification, because it makes impossible to learn on native languages. We demand Ukraine to guarantee the right of the minorities as the European standards

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