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Budapest Protest Swells to 80,000 to Support Hungary’s Teachers

People demonstrate during a protest of teachers and students against the government's education policy in Budapest, Hungary, on Oct. 23.

People demonstrate during a protest of teachers and students against the government's education policy in Budapest, Hungary, on Oct. 23.

Photographer: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Crowds filled the embankment in front of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics on Sunday night, with Hungary’s remembrance day for 1956 revolution against Soviet rule only part of the reason. 

Students and parents gathered in the afternoon in central Budapest’s Kalvin Square to support teachers in the largest demonstration since the 2014 march in the city against a short-lived Internet tax.