‘It seems that we are living under communism again’: the new history books released by the government in Hungary

  • Camila Veras Mota – @cavmota
  • From BBC Brazil in Sao Paulo

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Guidelines of the new school curriculum guide History teachers not to talk about the country’s military defeats, only victories

“You could say that 30 years after the regime change in ’89, we’ve gone back in time as far as textbooks are concerned. We’re in the same situation we were in during the communist regime.”

This is how the president of the Hungarian History Teachers Association, László Miklósi, sums it up when asked about recent changes in the education system in his country.

Since coming to power in 2010, right-wing populist leader Viktor Orbán has been centralizing power around himself and his party, Fidesz, and taking away autonomy from the judiciary, the press and, more recently, schools and universities.

President Jair Bolsonaro made this Thursday (2/17) his first official visit to Hungary. In a statement to the press, he said that there was an ideological proximity between the two countries, which, according to him, would be representatives of values ​​such as God and family.

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