Thousands of Hungarian protesters block Budapest bridge in support of teachers

From Global News.

At least 10,000 Hungarian students, teachers and parents blocked a Budapest bridge before filling the main square outside parliament on Wednesday, in support of teachers fighting for higher wages and teachers sacked for protesting.

Wednesday’s rally, which started with students forming a chain stretching for kilometres across Budapest in the morning, grew into the biggest anti-government demonstration since nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s April re-election.

Teachers have launched an "I want to teach" campaign and called for civil disobedience to demand higher wages, a solution to a deepening shortage of teachers and the right to strike. Protesters shouting "Give us our teachers back" and "There is no future without teachers" crammed a Budapest square near parliament amid light police presence.

After a nationwide teachers’ strike in January 2022, the government restricted strike action. Several teachers were dismissed last week at a Budapest secondary school for joining the protest.

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