Budapest, November 4 (MTI) – The national flag was raised and then lowered to half-mast at Parliament in the morning during a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, marking the 58th anniversary of the crushing of Hungary’s anti-Soviet revolution and the invasion by the Soviet troops in 1956.

Download (6)The ceremony was held with military honours and the flag remained at half-mast throughout the day.

A central commemoration was held in the afternoon at the National Memorial Place in the Budapest Rakoskeresztur public cemetery addressed by Defence Minister Csaba Hende.

“1956 showed that our main national asset, as well as interest, is sovereignty; the possibility for us to be able to decide about our own fate on our own,” Hende said. He said that preserving sovereignty has remained most important for Hungary today.

Closing the commemoration, representatives of the government, political parties and and parliament, as well as of other organisations laid wreaths and flowers at the Memorial Place.

The commemorations will be concluded with a concert in the Saint Stephen’ Basilica on Tuesday evening.

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Photo: MTI – Szilard Koszticsak


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