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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Budapest (Hungary), Demonstrations on May 20 & 21

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    • The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the following demonstrations are expected to take place in Budapest:
      • Beginning at 1:30 p.m. on May 20, a private group will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the Government of Hungary’s reconstruction project of the City Park in District 14, and to demand the ongoing demolition work to stop.  The Budapest Police anticipates there will be approximately 5,000 people. Demonstrators are expected to take the following route: Erzsébet tér in District 5 (gathering site, starting point of the march on the Pest side) – Andrássy út – Bajza utca – Városligeti fasor – Ötvenhatosok tere in District 14 (static demonstration).
      • Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on May 21, a private group will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting for Central European University and against the proposed NGO bill of the Hungarian Government.  The Budapest Police anticipates there will be approximately 10,000 people.  Demonstrators are expected to take the following route: Műegyetem rakpart (gathering site and starting point of the march on the Buda side) Szabadság híd – Vámház körút – Múzeum körút – Károly körút – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út – Alkotmány utca – Kossuth tér / Parliament (static demonstration).
    • Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

    For further information about security in Hungary:

    • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Hungary Country Specific Information.
    • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
    • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Hungary, located at 12 Szabadság Tér, Budapest 1054, at +36 1 475 4444, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +36 30 941 4295.
    • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).