Civil society groups have called for a demonstration to be organized in Budapest on Sunday, December 16, to denounce newly-approved labor laws and a judiciary-reform law which critics contend undermines judicial independence. Thousands of demonstrators are expected to rally at 15:00 (local time) at Hősök Tere (Heroes' Square). A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are expected in the vicinity of any demonstration. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Protesters and security forces clashed in the capital on December 12-13, exchanging volleys of tear gas and smoke bombs.
Individuals in Budapest are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities.
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