After the fourth anti-government demonstration in four days, commentators express strongly diverging views on their significance. They agree, however, that the protests in Budapest are unlikely to turn into something like the ’colour revolutions’ in former Soviet republics.
Commenting on critical statements by the US State department (see BudaPost, April 13) Népszava’s Gábor Horváth remarks that the United States is now on the side of the peaceful demonstrators in Budapest. It is no wonder, he continues, that the pro-government press brings up the example of the ‘colour revolutions’ in which Horváth includes the events of the Arab spring of 2011, and the revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine. He doesn’t exclude the possibility that these demonstrations may contribute to the birth of a new opposition force, but for the moment he expects them to yield more immediate results. As an example, Horváth mentions the latest proposal by the State Secretary in charge of Public Education, whereby CEU could operate in Hungary exactly as before as a licencee of its NY counterpart. (See BudaPost, April 13).
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