The management of Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) has vowed to “exclusively focus on tasks aimed at completely remaking the university” going forward, after the strike committee of university employees and students blockading the central campus rejected an agreement offered by the new leaders. Earlier in the day, the students prevented Gábor Szarka, the university’s recently appointed chancellor, from “starting his work in the chancellor’s office”, the management said in a statement. They said that they rejected the blockade “as an illegitimate form of expression”, adding that they would “try to ensure operations through employees inside the building”.
Representatives of student union HÖK told a press conference that most students supported their blockade on the campus. Referring to a survey, they said that 95% of the students believed that the new board, tasked to run the university from last month, was illegitimate. Union head Mihály Csernai insisted that members of the university board had been “appointed on the basis of an unconstitutional legislation”, and demanded guarantees for the university’s autonomy.