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Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

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Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

I'll be in Budapest next week (visiting for the first time) and am wondering if Monday's protest/rally (nytimes.com/2012/…) has had any adverse effect on tourism/tourists or if there is anything I should watch out for/be mindful of as a solo traveler?

I don't want to be paranoid; just have realistic expectations. Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

Naaaaaaaaa. Its a european thing. they get bored, burn a few cars, break a few windows, then life goes back to usual.

We have actually been in Budapest twice during "events". They look much worse on TV then in reality. Just choose another street until things clear. Their aim is at someting political and not at the tourists. We've never met more wonderful people.

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2. Re: Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

Thanks, Bob!

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3. Re: Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

Hope the goverment will make an arragement with IMF soon. If not, then...

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4. Re: Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

No problem. Go and enjoy.

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5. Re: Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

There are, over all, fewer and smaller protest rallies in Budapest these days than in, say, London or Paris, not to mention, say, Athens. They have not affected the business of the city or of tourism, and didn't even do so in 2006 when Fidesz, Jobbik, and the far right were actively trying to whip up dissent against the socialists.

These times seem to be bringing sharp political divisions almost everywhere, and there are risks pretty much everywhere (the Christmas before this one I got all snarled in traffic resulting from a terrorist threat in Portland, Oregon; and then there was the guy who wanted to blow up Times Square).

One cannot rule out risk wherever one travels, but Budapest is about as low risk, even of inconvenience, as it gets in any major city in the world. Not lower than many others, and of course things may unfold differently over time, but not much different in terms of risk at present than most anywhere in Europe.

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The political thing has been going on for many weeks by now but there is no risk of danger on the streets, life is going on as normal as usual. There have been protests but all pacific. I would say this is a great time for foreigners to come since the Hungarian Forint is so weak , not so good for us who live here though.

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7. Re: Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

"Its a european thing. they get bored, burn a few cars, break a few windows, then life goes back to usual." ???

Bobandco I feel this is disdainful for Europeans in general and for Hungarian who actually protest for their democracy!

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8. Re: Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

Two of my Study Abroad student were in Budapest in 2006. They both were unable to get to (or stay in) their apartments for two nights thanks to a combination of no transport and tear gas. The present situation does not appear to have reached anything like that level of problem.

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Only-Lyon: In defense of Bob, from an American perspective these rallies are quite tame. They are no comparison to the shamefully necessary riots in America that led to great social change across the nation.

Hungary has a true democracy, and the rallies are proof of that. In the "old days", the AVO would simply have swooped in and rounded everyone up to be shipped off to a work camp such as Kazincbarcika, or much worse, to the place now know as Terror Haz. (See the reviews) tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g274887-d325…

It is unfortunate that at any demonstration, almost world-wide, there are always a few idiots who get tanked up and think that peaceful protest gives them license to throw bottles and trash cars. You can bet they wouldn't do such things if they didn't feel the safety of all the other people at the rally. But on the whole, these upsets are tame even in comparison to when the fans of a European football team vent their frustration after the loss of a big match.

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10. Re: Protest/Rally activities affecting tourism?

My apologies. No offense intended.