‘Nurse in black’ retires from protests


(Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Tamás Thaler)

Shortly after announcing that she would retire from public appearances, Mária Sándor (pictured), or as she is better-known, the “nurse in black” who became an iconic figure in her mission to improve the state of Hungarian health care, told Hungarian daily Népszabadság today that she may continue her protests.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Tamás Thaler)

If healthcare workers across Hungary choose to go to work dressed in black on April 15, Sándor felt it would make sense to continue her protests, she told Népszabadság two days after announcing on her blog that she would retire from such activities.

Sándor said previously that the main reason for her retirement was that she “has failed” in her attempts to raise awareness about the conditions of Hungarian health care. “I feel ashamed that I have to live in a country where the leadership considers everything more important than humans themselves. I have lost this battle. A year has passed. I am giving up,” she wrote on her blog on April 2. 

She added that she grew tired of what she was doing and she currently feels corruption cannot be diminished.

“I am sorry, but I am only a nurse. Thanks for the help from my Friends (you can rest now), thanks for the Media for its credible coverage and thank you Hungary for understanding my motivations to start my protests,” she wrote on her blog.


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