A pro-Palestinian rally has been banned by the Budapest police department due to “reasonable fears that it could lead to violence.”
A private citizen announced a rally in connection with the armed conflict between the Hamas terrorist organization and Israel scheduled for Nov. 22 in the 2nd district of Budapest, the police said on its official website.
The Budapest Police Headquarters banned the rally under Section 13 (1) of Act LV of 2018 on the Right of Assembly. The Budapest Police Headquarters also warned that participation in the prohibited assembly would be subject to sanctions.
Similar rallies have recently erupted into violence in cities across Europe and the world after being permitted by city officials, most notably in Western Europe.
One week after the Hamas attack against Israel, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that his country would not permit similar rallies experienced across Western Europe in support of the attack on Israel by the Hamas terrorist group.
“There will be no pro-terror demonstrations in Hungary,” Orbán wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter, as he vowed to “protect the people of Hungary.”
In similar news, Scotland Yard has also asked organizers to postpone an anti-Israeli rally in London planned to coincide with Remembrance Day, which honors soldiers who have died in the line of duty; however, the U.K. government has since conceded that the demonstration will go ahead.
A huge police presence is expected to be on duty in the U.K. capital to protect the integrity of the day and the Cenotaph, a war memorial commemorating the lives of fallen soldiers.
Thousands of patriotic Brits incensed by the timing and disrespect of the planned rally have vowed to turn out in London on Sunday to counter-protest.