András Fekete-Győr

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András Fekete-Győr
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President of Momentum Movement
Assumed office
3 February 2017
Personal details
Born (1989-04-13) 13 April 1989 (age 30)
Budapest, Hungary
Political partyMomentum Movement
Alma materEötvös Loránd University
Heidelberg University
ProfessionPolitical activist

András Fekete-Győr (born 13 April 1989) is a Hungarian activist, lawyer and politician. He is the leader of the Momentum Movement (Hungarian: Momentum Mozgalom) party[1][2] and led the NOlimpia campaign.[3]

Education[edit]

He went to primary school in Solymár and then to the Ferenc Toldy High School. He then continued to the Eötvös Loránd University with an Erasmus visit to the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany.

Political career[edit]

After working at a few different firms, he decided in January 2014 to return to Hungary to start a political movement. In 2015 the Momentum Movement was founded by 9 people.

In 2017 he led the NOlimpia campaign, a signature-collection campaign to stop Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The campaign was successful; after NOlimpia collected 266,151 signatures (of 138,000 required to automatically trigger a public referendum), the national government preemptively withdrew the city's bid.[3]

On May 18, 2017 Fekete-Győr caused controversy after he and other Momentum members walked into the offices of pro-government news portal origo.hu without permission. The protesters tried to ask a journalist about an article suggesting—falsely, Momentum claimed—that another leader of the movement had embezzled funds from an earlier start-up venture. Pro-government media portrayed the event as a break-in, and Fekete-Győr as threatening,[4][5] although independent media (e.g. index.hu) were also critical of Fekete-Győr's tactics.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Balogh, Eva S. (19 January 2017). "Another attempt to change the political landscape: The Momentum Movement". Hungarian Spectrum. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  2. ^ "After surprise victory over Olympic bid, young Hungarian group aims for parliament". Reuters. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Breaking: No Olympics [sic] After All? NOlimpia Movement Collects Over 250,000 Signatures to Hold a Referendum on Budapest's 2024 Bid - Hungary Today". Hungary Today. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
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  6. ^ Gábor, Miklósi. "A Momentum eddigi legrosszabb húzása volt a látogatás az Origóban" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2017-11-08.