1956 Revolution

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The apparatchiks are back, and they’ve joined forces with the far-right

Oct 24, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

While Hungarians remembered on October 23rd the martyrs of the 1956 Revolution – the everyday men and women, boys and girls who took up arms and made a heroic stand against Soviet military might on the streets of Budapest – the direct descendants of the Communist Party cadre that helped break the revolution were busy whitewashing their grandparents and – just for good measure – allying themselves with Hungary’s anti-Semitic, far-right in a shameful maneuver for political power.

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PM Orbán: ‘The Hungarian miracle didn’t come cheap. We demanded an independent Hungary in a Europe of nations’

Oct 23, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

In his speech honoring the martyrs of Hungary’s 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he has no doubt that the youth of today’s Pest would stand strong just as their grandparents did in 1956. After all, the PM said, “a homeland can only exist as long as the patriots outnumber those that align with foreign powers.”

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Remembering the heroes of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight

Oct 23, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

Today, October 23, marks the sixty-third anniversary of the beginning of our 1956 Revolution. On this autumn day in 1956, students at Budapest’s Technical University marched to József Bem Square, issuing a list of demands, referred to as the 16 points, that called for the end of the one-party state and the holding of free and democratic parliamentary elections, the country joining the United Nations and leaving the recently established Warsaw Pact.

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PM Orbán: Nation states gave Europe its strength

Oct 23, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“We would have never thought,” Prime Minister Orbán said, that 29 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Europe – once again – has to face a massive challenge. This time, it’s not “an external military threat, American or Russian endeavors that put Europe’s future in jeopardy,” but it’s Europe itself. This is why “we have to vote for the future of patriotism and national pride,” the PM said.

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PM Orbán on the anniversary of the 1956 Revolution: “If we lose our freedom, if we lose our national independence, we will be lost, too”

Oct 23, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

October 23rd is a national holiday in Hungary, marking the anniversary of the beginning of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight when our compatriots defied the Communist regime and stood up to Soviet military might. For decades, we were forbidden to celebrate it, to even talk about it, but today it’s among our most important national holidays.

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Honoring the freedom and bravery of the 1956 Freedom Fighters

Oct 23, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

On October 23rd, Hungarians celebrate the brave women and men who stood up to Soviet communist oppression and fought for their freedom against one of the world’s biggest armies. After a few glorious days of victory, the 1956 Hungarian Revolution was eventually overpowered by overwhelming military force, but the freedom fight drove the first nail into the coffin of communist oppression in the world.

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No, the Hungarian refugees of 1956 are not the same as today’s migrants

Oct 11, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

It was a Tuesday, that October 23rd in 1956. The whole thing began as a peaceful, student demonstration, young people with a manifesto asserting the right to be independent from all foreign powers and that all Hungarians should enjoy the rights of free people in a democratic system. The crowds grew as the demonstrations moved throughout the city. By nightfall, State Security Police had fired on a crowd of unarmed demonstrators outside the state radio building, killing many.