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Attack on the Civil Sector

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Balint Vojtonovszki

on 10 June 2015

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Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland
To 16 EU countries, mostly in the South and East of Europe
Vast majority of funding goes to state projects: €150 million (2009-2014) vs. €13.5 million (2009-2014)
NGO fund is independent of government
Attacked NGOs and allies form coalition
If people don't think they have the power to solve their problems, they won't even think about how to solve them. - Saul D. Alinsky
A Glimpse At The Norway Funds
Resistance! - Alliance of NGOs rises
NGOs to be labeled as "Foreign Agents"
Media and "open gates" campaign initiated by Hungarian NGOs to dismantle the governmental plans of alienating them from the community. The goal is to alter public discourse and show the work and diversity of civil organizations.
50 HUF
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Going Towards Russia?
The Orban Regime vs. Civil Society
Participation for a developing democracy
Community Organizing
Since 2010...
Huge Changes in the Legal System
Nationalist Propaganda
Attack on the Media
Openly Racist & Sexist Public Discourse
Harsh Social Benefit System
Extra Taxes on Foreign Investors
Less Balanced Electoral System
Aggressive Foreign Politics
2014 - Campaign Against Civil Society
April: Governmental Accusations to Norway
May: Communication Campaign Against Civil Organizations
June: Special Inspections at 63 NGOs
September: Police Raid at Offices of NGOs and Suspension of Organizational Tax Numbers
Report: Amnesty International Hungary - Their Backs To The Wall
Active Citizenship - Democratic Values Acknowledged Wider
Stronger Civil Organizations - Better Democracy
More Solidarity - More Grass Roots Funding
"And so, if we want to organise our national state to replace the liberal state, it is very important that we make it clear that we are not opposing non-governmental organisations here and it is not non-governmental organisations who are moving against us, but paid political activists who are attempting to enforce foreign interests here in Hungary. " - Viktor Orban, 26 July 2014, Tusnádfürdő (Băile Tuşnad), Romania
"Putin likes this."
"MACI" - Hungarian Civic Campaign started by NGOs
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