On Monday 9 September 2014, Hungarian police raided the offices of Norway-backed NGOs Okotars and Demnet, escalating the government’s campaign against civil society. Norway reacted by saying the moves were "unacceptable" and represent "harassment" of civil organisations. Police said the action was taken because the NGOs were suspected of embezzlement and unauthorised financial activities. It follows similar raids on NGOs in June.
Across the EU, CSOs expressed their solidarity with Hungarian NGOs. For example the Croatian CSO platform CROSOL handed out solidarity letter to MEPs and organised a protest in front of the Hungarian embassy in Zagreb.
Read more on the situation of Hungarian CSOs here and about the activities of CROSOL here.
Source: CONCORD and CROSOL