Freedom Fighters

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Hungary celebrates life of freedom fighter who gave it independence

House Speaker László Kövér attended a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the birth of Ferenc Rákóczi II, leader of Hungary’s anti-Habsburg freedom fight between 1703-1711, at Rákóczi’s birthplace in Borsi, in northern Hungary, on Sunday

Mar 27, 2017

In the spirit of 1848, says PM Orbán, we have a chance to transform Europe

Hungary’s national day, March 15th, commemorates the day in 1848 when Hungarians started a revolution that would become a war of independence from the Habsburgs. In his address on Wednesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke of the meaning that 1848 carries for Hungary and its significance to today’s Europe.

Mar 16, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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

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.

Oct 11, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Stand Up for the Freedom Fighters

Some have wondered when that fateful turn began, that moment that marked “the beginning of the end of the Soviet Empire.” For those of us who endured Soviet oppression behind the Iron Curtain, it came in 1956, brought about by a scrappy pack of kids, many of whom paid the ultimate price for their courage.

Sep 13, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács