My Budapest (8): the three rallies, 2012 first edition

UPDATE 1: Different news agencies report that there were between 100,000 and 250,000 people at the Government’s rally, while at the opposition’s (Milla) rally only 30,000 to maximum 100,000 were present (AFP).

Ok, yesterday was interesting (three rallies to cover: government’s rally in Kossuth tér, far-right’s rally in Deák Ferenc tér, and opposition’s rally on the Pest foot of the Erzsébet Bridge), irritating (almost running for six hours) and exhausting (six hours of running & shooting, 700 photos). However, the biggest problem was the weather (actually, the extremely sunny day) which was excellent for demonstrations, but not for taking photos. So my photos below are not as good as I was expecting, but here they are.

So let us start. The first interesting thing to me was the descent of the Polish guests from the Buda Castle; they were supposed to be greeted by Hungarians at the Pest foot of the Chain Bridge between 14:30 and 15:00. I arrived there at 14:15, but the diligent Poles were already on the Pest side, walking on Jóysef Attila utca and heading to the Kossuth tér.


They were of course accompanied by those Hungarians dressed in traditional costumes which you can see in any Hungarian demonstration supporting the government (I have never seen them in an opposition’s rally, however):

And then again the Poles:

Some Polish women were actually crying seeing the Hungarians welcoming and applauding them:

Some kids got sick, and a nice policeman just got one out of the mass of people:

Close to the Chain bridge, a clown with lots of balloons… the interesting thing is that he also had a ‘kokárda’ (the symbol of the 1848-1849 revolution):

Going to the Kossuth tér, everyone could see the youth of Government’s supporters. I will come back later with other photos showing both the youth and the mental sanity of many of them (just a little patience!).

And we are now in front of the Parliament in Kossuth tér, close to the Poles: young and polyglots, they have banners in Polish, French and English:

Don’t you love Hungary? Nationalist feelings are here so strong, that even dogs seem to have them:

And then something that I thought I would never see in Hungary: a group of Roma demonstrators being happily and noisily welcomed by all Hungarians. I didn’t know why until I get back home and I made some internet search: it seems that Lungo Drom is very close to Fidesz (more here):

And then we saw the Government’s building, ready for the show:

And the crowd, of course. My pictures cannot show you the whole mass of people, but as far as I am concerned I think they were still more than those gathered for the opposition’s rally:

And then I was very interested to see the prime minister Viktor Orbán, since he was supposed to come up at 15:00 to deliver a speech. However, to my disappointment the show started with some Hungarian dances (Csárdás) and songs, then some politician came and talked for more than 15 minutes, and then I decided we have to go to catch the other manifestations too. So we went to Deák Ferenc tér, to see the far-right Jobbik‘s supporters. Lots of flags, to be sure 🙂

And then I started to look for figures. Two of them were quite nice…

but look at the other ones…

Then we decided to go toward opposition’s rally, on the Pest foot of Erzsébet Bridge (a.k.a. Szabadsajtó út / Free Press Road). On our way, just close to the Deák Ferenc tér metro there was a guy who seemed not to be aware of the turmoil around him:

And then the opposition’s rally:

The EU and Hungarian flags together… the only rally on that day where one could see such a ‘horror’ :)))

And the scene. It was supposed to be an English translation on the radio, but nobody said on which post:

And here’s the crowd. Some said it was larger that that of Government’s rally, but I still do not believe this. The difference (and the reason why it seemed to be more people there) is that the street was rather narrow than very large:

As you can surely see, the sun was a big problem for opposition’s manifestation. Being in the crowd, it was extremely difficult to look at the scene. Probably that’s why some had tears (or who knows….):

Here are some other pictures:

Interesting enough, only the opposition decried the recently deceased, state-owned Malev company:

The opposition rally closed before it was previously announced (they stayed there for only one hour and a half, instead of the previous announcement of two hours). So we decided to go back yo Jobbik on Deák Ferenc tér:

Actually this rally was the most interesting one. The old and bearded bikers and some (so many, to our surprise) wonderful Harleys made our day 🙂

And then we went back again to Kossuth tér, to see what sort of concert they had there after the rally. Nothing special regarding the music or the band, but the scattered crowd dancing was more than interesting. Now I’m fulfilling my promise of coming back to the age and mental sanity of many supporters of the Government (and even though you cannot see rightly from the pictures, all of them were actually dancing :))

Since everything seemed to be finished in the Kossuth tér, we wanted to go back to Deák Ferenc tér to Jobbik’s demonstration. But we stopped on the Szabadság ter, since we saw Jobbik’s hardliners:

After police surrounded them, some escaped and get into the Bank Center crying something about Jews. Police came rapidly, secured the place, but Jobbik’s guys didn’t seemed to care too much:

Then Jobbik’s hardliners regrouped in front of the Hungarian Television, installed some flags and a very nervous guy had a long speech:

And that was all, I guess. Going back home we passed by Jobbik’s demonstration on Deák Ferenc tér, and around 19:00 there was a concert: probably the last event of that evening.


12 thoughts on “My Budapest (8): the three rallies, 2012 first edition

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  2. Thank you very much for the unbiased and objective photos.

    we thank you:

    and, BTW: those “funny looking” guys were wearing traditional hungarian robes and that thing, that everyone was wearing (including the clown) is not a hungarian-flag badge. Its a kokárda. It is and has been the symbol of the revolution of 1848-49 and is supposed to be worn by every hungarian and is worn by most hungarians on the 15th March.

    I know, we are a stupid nation with stupid things, but I do believe that you could have had at least the common decency to get these things straight. Or at least not use the word “funny”…

  3. Dear Daniel,
    Thank you for comment. I do believe that those traditional Hungarian robes (not the only type of “traditional” robes in Hungary, however) are as funny as other ‘traditional’ robes of any other country. Actually, I do have a problem with selecting a type of dress from a specific historical period and then wearing it as a ‘traditional’ costume. Maybe I do have an extreme post-nationalist thinking, but nationalism is also from the past and should remain in the past… But, in sign of respect, I did changed the proposition.
    However, regarding the kokárda I have no excuse (except for the fact that no Hungarian friend of mine cared to enlighten me about this). I do apologize and your critique is well taken. I have also made the required change.

  4. I think the robes are pretty cool actually, notwithstanding their political intent. Thanks for the interesting and informative post.

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