Sydney, November 8 (MTI) – President János Áder attended a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the 1956 anti-Soviet revolution in Sydney on Tuesday.
In his speech addressing members of the local Hungarian community, Áder praised Hungarian-Australians for erecting a symbolic grave for the heroes of the revolution in 1966 in Rookwood Cemetery.
Áder said many of those who fled Hungary after the revolution had emigrated not out of fear of Soviet retaliation but rather because after experiencing the hope-filled days of the uprising, they could not bear the thought of having to once again live their lives surrounded by lies, censorship and uncertainty.
He said the courage Hungarians had displayed fighting an overpowering force had captivated the world. In spite of all of the efforts of the forces that ultimately crushed the revolution, the uprising is still remembered today. Although it ended in a tragedy, the freedom fight has been shaping and impacting the lives of Hungarians for sixty years, the president added.
Áder thanked Australia for having taken in the Hungarians who had fled their country after the revolution.
During his visit, Áder met Linda Dessau, the governor of Victoria.