Demolition works have started in Budapest’s City Park in the face of protests by environmentalists.
The company responsible for new building developments in the park, Városliget Zrt, said in a statement on Wednesday that the area occupied by activists protesting against the Liget Budapest project was now legally under its control. Work has now started to demolish old Hungexpo office buildings after the authorities started to empty the area on Wednesday morning, the company said. “As is known, there are protesters currently staying next to the ruins, blocking the legal works from being carried out, in spite of the legal demolition permit in the possession of Városliget Zrt. Staying at the site is hazardous and a danger to life,” the statement said. A Facebook group of activists said in a posting on Wednesday that several hundred police had appeared in the park and forced most of them out. Several activists have blocked themselves in, they added. The Budapest police said on their website that they had detained twelve people, accusing one of violence against an authority. They said they would file misdemeanor reports against 41 others.