A demonstration was reported outside the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) in Budapest on Thursday, March 21. Some 1000 protesters were in attendance, denouncing government intentions to reform the institution; critics of the plan claim that it will impede academic freedom.
Similar demonstrations are possible in Budapest over the near term amid a heightened security presence. Localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near related protests and clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Budapest are advised to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized business and transportation disruptions near protest sites, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities.
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