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27 Feb 2020 | 06:56 AM UTC

Hungary: Commemorative march scheduled in Budapest March 1

March commemorating Miklós Horthy scheduled in Budapest March 1; counter protests likely, heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected



According to US diplomatic authorities, a march is scheduled to take place in Budapest on Sunday, March 1, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Miklós Horthy's election. Participants plan to gather at the Gellert Hotel and proceed to the Parliament, via the Szabadság Bridge and the Szabadság tér area. Counter protests remain possible at the march's starting point and along its route.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected along the march route.


Miklós Horthy de Nagybánya was an admiral who defeated revolutionary forces in Hungary after World War I, and remained the head of state from March 1, 1920 to October 15, 1944. He remains a controversial figure in Hungarian history.


Individuals in Budapest are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.