Thousands marched to the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest on Sunday, February 23, to protest the perceived anti-Roma stance of President Viktor Orban as his government, against court orders, refuses to pay Roma children who were reportedly unlawfully segregated in a school in the village of Gyöngyöspata. Orban has suggested the children be provided training rather than monetary compensation.
Similar protests are possible in Budapest over the near term amid a heightened security presence. Transportation and business disruptions are to be expected around large demonstrations.
Individuals in Budapest are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.