TEK orders area around National Museum closed for prime minister’s speech

March 7, 2016


Hungary’s counter-terrorism center TEK has ordered that the area around the National Museum, where Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is scheduled to address a crowd of invited attendees on March 15, be closed from morning until 1 pm that day.

The speech delivered at the same location by Orbán last year was heckled by various protestors. March 15 is the anniversary of the outbreak of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, and is a national holiday.

The area demarcated by the Múzeum ring street and the Baross, Szentkirályi and Rákóczi streets is to be closed off to anyone not invited to attend.

Before the TEK decision, an organization calling itself the Civil Association for a Democratic Hungary managed to overcome resistance by the police and to register with the help of the Budapest court a demonstration in the Museum ring street.  The court invalidated a police decision rejecting the application out of hand, ruling that the police’s actions constituted an unwarranted limitation on the right of assembly.

Teachers and other public sector workers are still planning to hold a demonstration along Andrassy boulevard between Heroes square and parliament beginning at 3 pm.  More than 25 civil organizations say they will join the mass protest.