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Oct 17, 2018

Government Spokesperson reveals plans for October 23rd celebrations commemorating the revolution of 1956

On October 23rd, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will deliver a speech in front of the House of Terror Museum at 3pm

Hungary’s government spokesperson has revealed plans for the country’s October 23rd celebrations commemorating the revolution of 1956.

Speaking outside the House of Terror Museum, Zoltán Kovács said that in 2018 it remains obvious that “without sovereignty, independence and autonomy, a nation cannot realize its goals, and the October 23rd celebrations are being organized in this spirit”.

The spokesman highlighted that “in a few days we will be celebrating a national holiday at which we will be commemorating one of the most important moments in history for both Hungarians and the world”.

“The heroes of 1956 fought for Hungarian sovereignty and independence, and reinforced the foundations laid down by previous freedom-fighters, and by doing so they enabled Hungary to become a free, independent and sovereign country in the beginning of the 21st century,” he stressed.

Kovács said that in his opinion today’s processes give added weight to the work of the 1956 revolutionaries, because in 2018, the need for sovereignty, independence and autonomy is also obvious, because without these a nation cannot realize its goals, that assure its continued survival and its future.

The spokesman revealed that commemorative events will begin on October 22nd, with Parliamentary State Secretary Bence Rétvári from the Ministry of Human Capacities giving a speech at 2 pm at the 1956 memorial at the University of Technology and former Prime Minister Péter Boross will deliver a speech at 3 pm.

One of the highlights of the celebrations will be in the evening on Bem Square, where Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás will give a speech.

On October 23rd, the day will begin with the traditional hoisting of the flag and full military honors, and the Parliament Building will be open to visitors free of charge during the day. At 3 pm, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will deliver a speech in front of the House of Terror Museum.

In the evening, there will be concerts by the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and Anna and the Barbies.