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Budapest, 2017. október 23. Résztvevõk virágot helyeznek el a II. kerületi Nagy Imre Emlékháznál tartott megemlékezésen az 1956-os forradalom és szabadságharc kitörésének 61. évfordulóján, 2017. október 23-án. MTI Fotó: Mohai Balázs

Members of opposition parties Democratic Coalition (DK), Socialists, Együtt, the Liberals, the Modern Hungary Movement (MoMa), Dialogue and Solidarity laid wreaths in commemoration of Hungary’s 1956 revolution at martyr Imre Nagy’s Budapest house on Monday.

Ágnes Kunhalmi of the Socialist Party said at the celebration that the current government “persecutes the freedom of opinion, controls the press and obstructs citizens’ initiatives and civil organisations”, which she said was reminiscent of a “very dark era of Hungarian history”, the Stalinist terror. “The real oppressors are not in Brussels but on government”, Kunhalmi said. They “appropriate public wealth, ruin education and Hungarians’ health by letting the health care system rot”, she said.

Speaking at a joint celebration with opposition Együtt, Dialogue Party leader Gergely Karácsony said in Budapest that the revolution was “not the cause of an ideology” but of the nation.

At times “when Hungarian politics have to be renewed”, it is important for the opposition to be able to cooperate and “embrace its multifaceted nature”, he said.

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Egyutt’s Viktor Szigetvári said the opposition should accept all “competitors fighting for liberal democracy according to a credible set of values and for their base”. Együtt believes that “the Orbán government can be shaken and their re-election be hindered through clever opposition cooperation”.

As we wrote, Hungary’s national flag was hoisted in front of the Parliament building on this morning, in a state commemoration marking the 61th anniversary of the anti-Soviet uprising which started on October 23, 1956.

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Source: MTI

  1. No one should forget that it was the Hungarian Left who helped the USSR enslave the country. It was the Left and the Communist who drove 295,000+ Hungarians to flee to the West and killed and imprisoned thousand more.

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