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Mar 16, 2017

Hungary's 1956 Revolution monument vandalized in Spain

The far-left Yesca Libre Catilla group claimed responsibility for the attack. They smeared the plaque and the statue with red paint and wrote on its pedestal

A memorial dedicated to the heroes of Hungary’s 1956 revolution and freedom fight has been vandalized in Madrid, it has been revealed.

Enikő Győri expressed deep shock over the “politically motivated defacing” of the memorial, which was inaugurated just five months ago.

”The embassy firmly condemns the vandal act based on a falsification of historical facts and committed under a political guise," she said. The embassy will seek to restore the memorial as soon as possible, the Hungarian ambassador added.

The incident has been condemned by Spain’s ruling conservative People’s Party (PP).

According to MTI today, the far-left Yesca Libre Catilla group said that the act had been committed by its members in the early hours of Wednesday. They smeared the plaque and the statue with red paint and wrote on its pedestal:.

The group said 1956 events in Hungary were “misinterpreted as a revolution” by what it called the “winners’ narrative”, portraying socialism as punishment and democracy as redemption for eastern Europe. “We do not want to see neoliberal propaganda in our streets,” their website said, criticizing the city’s left-wing leaders.