Budapest Acts To Close Cultural Café

  • 25 Mar 2013 8:00 AM
Budapest  Acts To Close Cultural Café
Budapest mayor István Tarlós agreed to let Jewish cultural centre Sirály remain open for the Passover season after a failed attempt to shut down the Sixth District facility Friday. The city property management company sent an e-mail on Thursday evening then attempted to take control of the Király utca café on Friday morning by sending security guards to change the lock on the front door.

However, they were thwarted by 80 young people who prevented the takeover by entering from the back door and staying inside to protect the equipment and furniture.

The Sirály is operated by Jewish cultural association Marom.

The Jewish communities federation Mazsihisz wrote a public letter to Tarlós on Saturday evening, asking him to suspend the eviction until the end of Passover on April 3.

The property manager argued that Marom was using the property and selling alcohol illegally.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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