Hungarian PM took action to ban pro-Palestinian demonstration in Budapest as soon as he found out about it

October 13. 2023. – 10:26 AM


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Viktor Orbán learned of the demonstration planned for Friday in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on his return from an official trip to Georgia and took immediate action to prevent it

– Bertalan Havasi, the Prime Minister's Press Chief, said, responding to Telex's inquiry. After Viktor Orbán stated in his radio interview on Friday morning, that pro-terrorist demonstrations are not allowed in Hungary, we asked the Prime Minister's Press Chief if he was aware of the appeal posted on Facebook, calling for a pro-Palestinian demonstration entitled "Stand with Gaza" in front of the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Friday afternoon. The above was his clearly stated answer to our inquiry.

Later, the police also posted on Facebook about the Budapest Police Department (BRFK) having banned the rally announced for 13 October 2023 in the capital.

According to the BRFK post, an individual had announced their intention to hold a rally in Budapest's 2nd district on 13 October 2023 over the ongoing armed struggle between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organisation, which the police said "fits with Hamas' call for a 'Global Day of Rage' on this day.

The police has banned the rally in accordance with the Law on the Right of Assembly, as it would directly threaten public safety and public order. The police warned that participation in the banned rally would incur sanctions.

In the call "Stand with Gaza" circulating on Facebook, it says: "Gaza is a symbol of pride and justice to our Palestinian cause, join to spread our voices to demand freedom!" in English.

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