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Hungary PM: Legislation will target George Soros

Reuters

A man waves an EU flag during a protest in Budapest on Saturday.

Bloomberg BUDAPEST (Bloomberg) — Hungarian legislation targeting foreign colleges and civil-society groups, which have fueled the largest wave of anti-government protests in more than a decade, are targeting George Soros for his support of open borders in Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

“The whole issue is about George Soros, hiding from public view, supporting illegal immigration with loads of money via Hungarian organizations,” Orban said in an interview in the Magyar Idok newspaper on Saturday. Soros’ Open Society Foundations said last week that Orban aims to silence dissenting voices in an increasingly authoritarian nation.

Tens of thousands of Hungarians have protested in the past two weeks after lawmakers pushed through a law tightening regulations on foreign colleges. Central European University, founded in 1991 by the Hungarian-born billionaire to train democratic leaders after decades of communism, said the law is aimed at driving it out of the country.

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